We were really excited about this invitation as it shows us that:
1. The age-old menstrual taboo is dissolving to the point that one of our long-established public institutions - the police service - are confident about opening the conversation about menstrual health in the first place
2. The police service are actually ahead of the curve by recognising that we cannot address menopause without a conversation around the opportunities and challenges of the menstrual cycle which is, after all, experienced by 50% of the population for an average of 40 years of their life (most of which are spent at work).
3. In beginning to address menstrual health in the police service, the police service demonstrates their commitment to creating a 21st Century working environment that champions gender equality, equity and inclusivity.
4. Mental health and menstrual health are inextricably linked: In creating a conversation about the menstrual cycle, the police service are demonstrating that they take the mental health and wellbeing of police service people seriously - as a public body we need our police service men and women to be healthy and well so they can do their challenging job to the best of their ability.
We're excited that police officers have now been encouraged to take our free clinically-backed course on social prescription.