TRIGGER WARNING: This podcast addresses depression, suicide and suicide ideation in perimenopause.
If you are feeling suicidal, please tell someone, reach out to your local suicide hotline or contact a licensed therapist
This podcast talks about a story I came across this week in a Norwich, England paper called the Eastern Daily Press Victoria Metcalf-Smith, a solicitor and mother of three who took her own life in April 2021.
An inquest ruled the cause of death as suicide, and Victoria’s mother and her psychologist have been adamant that perimenopause played a major role.
She had been diagnosed with depression and severe psychotic episodes, and she tried to take her life three times before she died.
It all happened over a period of two years, changing her personality dramatically from a person who had always been, as her mom Heather described “measured and unflappable, a calm and safe pair of hands in a crisis”.
We have to be able to talk about the darkest parts of this transition, and that's what I'm doing here today. With a few meows from Ninja Jr, the call to prayer and a ridiculous story about the time I decided to escape to the Maldives on a free press trip while in the midst of one of the lowest points of my life.
An online panel about the links between menopause and suicide will be hosted hosted by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust on Tuesday, March 15 from noon to 1pm GMT.
You can join here
To read more about Victoria, go here.
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