28 October 2021
27 October 2021
My mother-in law has a long-term eating disorder. During the height of her menopausal symptoms, her mental health deteriorated. She had nightmares and her eating habits worsened. We tried many times over the years to get support for her mental health but she was never considered ill ‘enough’ to qualify. The media had convinced her that HRT was dangerous and we never saw a doctor who was able to explain the risks versus benefits so she refused treatment.
I wish that we could have helped her more. I’ve been very clear with my own family that they need to help me track of any signs and symptoms and, when the time is right, I will seek help.
•Think about the difficulties many people have accessing mental health support. Imagine going through a period of change as significant as the menopause and not being able to access the support you need.
•How do you think access to care has changed from our parents’ generation to ours?
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