Duration: 8 weeks or 90 minute taster session
Delivery format: Online or face-to-face
Audience: those experiencing symptoms associated with the menopause including women, trans-women and non-binary people.
Funding requirements: Due to this course being funded by the Health and Wellbeing Fund we can only accept attendees who are: experiencing the menopause, experiencing peri-menopause, or experiencing similar symptoms due to hormone therapy as part of gender reaffirming care. You must also live or work within Greater Manchester to be eligible for a place on this course.Click here to register on Me Learning
Menopause is not just hot flushes and weight gain. There is a whole host of physiological and psychological symptoms, and not every woman’s experience will be the same. For many women, the physiological symptoms can be difficult to cope with, while others see a deterioration in mental health with increased levels of anxiety, or a drop in mood. It does not help that this time of life can often be accompanied by additional life stresses, such as caring for elderly parents, divorce or teenage children. This course will focus on using mindful meditation, and calming techniques which can help lower stress, improve your mood, and increase your ability to manage the challenges of life.
On this eight-week course, we will cover some of the signs and symptoms of peri-menopause/menopause, and give you a greater understanding of the importance of managing stress at this time of life. We will be focusing on using mindfulness meditation, mindful movement, relaxation and breathing techniques to help you better manage this transition, while also providing a supportive and safe environment for you to share with and support other women. Sessions are interactive, with plenty of time allocated for meditation practice. We hope you’ll feel fully supported in establishing a regular home meditation practice.
The course will not cover the pros and cons of HRT, alternative remedies, or dietary changes. Instead we will focus on meditation, relaxation and mindfulness as a way of managing stress and improving your ability to deal with the challenges that this time of life can throw up. These tools are a great compliment to whatever physical intervention (or none) that you choose.
If you’re unsure if this course is right for you, or if you want to attend but can’t commit to the full 8 weeks, why not attend our 90- minute taster session instead?
Understand the link between stress and menopause symptoms, and how menopause can affect mental health.
Learn what mindfulness is and how it and meditation can help
Experience different techniques to help anxiety, and calm the body and mind
This session will give you a greater understanding of the importance of managing stress at this time of life, and give you a chance to experience some tools proven to help women manage this transition, and improve mental wellbeing. Whether you want to calm the anxiety and manage stress, or develop a different relationship with your physical symptoms, this workshop is for you. Come prepared to participate in the meditation and relaxation practices.
We run regular tasters (usually on zoom) and we can also come and deliver a taster to your workplace or community group dependent on numbers. Contact our project leads from Mind in Salford, and Manchester Mind for more information.
Some of our courses are available to book via our dedicated Me Learning Site. Once signing up you’ll be able to view the 8 week courses run by Mind in Salford (and those run by Mind in Stockport), book your place, manage your booking, receive updates to the course, access any materials needed as well as download your certificate once you’ve completed the course.
The courses run by Manchester Mind have a separate booking system. You can register on those directly without registering on Me Learning. Manchester Mind also hold a waiting list for the menopause 8 week courses, and you can register onto it here so that you can be informed of future 8 week courses run by both Manchester Mind and Mind in Salford.
Click here to register on Me Learning