Scotmid is launching a ‘menopause café’ to drive more open conversations around menopause.
The first online session will be held on 28 June. Scotmid said it will be a safe and inclusive environment for colleagues to share experiences and discuss their challenges.
It comes as the Scottish co-op society, which has around 4,000 employees, recently sponsored the world’s only menopause festival, Flush Fest 2022. The event was organised by Perth-based charity Menopause Café.
“We recognise the impact menopause can have on the health and wellbeing of our employees, their friends, family and the communities that we serve,” said Scotmid head of membership and community Shirley MacGillivray.
“We’re proud to be the first co-operative to offer this safe space to our staff to create a supportive community. We hope to see our colleagues come together to break the taboo of menopause and support each other along the way.”
The global average age of menopause is 51. According to UN statistics for 2020, 657 million women globally were aged 45 to 59 with 47% in employment.
It is estimated that 1% of women will experience premature menopause before the age of 40 and some may have a clinically induced menopause.