The Link Between Hormones and Mental Well-Being

Mental health support is crucial in the workplace, and as DEIB leaders, it's imperative to ensure that employees have access to the specific support they need.

At LUÜNA, we advocate that a comprehensive mental health strategy must include considerations of the menstrual cycle and its hormonal intricacies. Why? Because for menstruating people, this cycle determines how we feel - physically and mentally - every single day of our lives, not just during menstruation.

Understanding the Menstrual-Mental Health Connection

The hormonal changes and symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle can significantly impact mental health. However, this intersection is often under-explored, leading to inadequate support for those affected. This gap can manifest in various ways in the workplace:

  • Perinatal Depression: Significant life events like pregnancy and childbirth can trigger perinatal depression. It’s vital to recognize that experiencing these feelings does not equate to weakness or inadequacy as a parent.

  • 'Invisible' Illnesses: Conditions such as infertility, endometriosis, PCOS and PMDD have profound impacts on mental health, contributing to stress, anxiety, and depression.

  • The Transition to Menopause: Hormonal changes during the menopause transition can bring about mental health challenges, including mood swings and anxiety.

  • Stigma and Isolation: Societal stigma around menstrual health and the transition to menopause can exacerbate feelings of isolation and mental distress. Being unable to talk about personal challenges not only lead to feelings of isolation, but can also prevent timely diagnosis and appropriate care plans.

How DEIB Leaders Can Integrate Menstrual Health into Mental Health Strategies

  • Foster Open Dialogue and Education: Invite experts into your workplace to host learning sessions around topics linked to the menstrual cycle, creating a culture where employees can comfortably discuss menstrual health issues and seek support
  • Implement Inclusive Policies: Acknowledge the impact of menstrual health in the workplace by providing menstrual health products and flexible policies for medical appointments.
  • Enhance Mental Health Benefits: Incorporate services addressing menstrual health, like counseling and support groups, into your mental health benefits.

Integrating menstrual health needs into mental health benefits is a critical step for DEIB leaders aiming to create an inclusive, supportive, and empathetic workplace.

LUÜNA’s services can be a vital part of this integration, offering not just products but also educational and supportive resources to address the holistic needs of employees. By doing so, leaders can ensure a more comprehensive approach to employee well-being.

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