The impact of perimenopause and menopause on wellbeing and the workplace

05 December 20236:00pm - 8:00pmScotland
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Work and occupational
Free (booking required)
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In person
Scottish Branch

The Scottish Branch warmly welcomes members to join us for an Aberdeen Hub Event on Tuesday 5 December at the Leonardo Hotel.

The format for the evening will be:

  • 18:00: Arrival and Networking
  • 18:30: Talk
  • 19:30: Discussion
  • 20:00: Close

Whilst menopause is becoming less of a taboo subject with the introduction of menopause polices across some organisations and sectors, for example, the menopause remains unrecognised and unaddressed in many workplaces (Verdonk et al, 2021). According to the Fawcett Society (2022), one in ten women leave their workplace due to perimenopause or menopause symptoms. Women leave as they don’t feel supported or the impact on their wellbeing prevents them from working as effectively.

This hub event seeks to discuss the menopause and perimenopause from two perspectives. Dr Katrina Forbes-McKay from Robert Gordon University will firstly speak to the impact of mental health and wellbeing of menopausal and perimenopausal women. Linda Engles, C.Psychol. will then discuss the impact of menopause and perimenopause on women and their intentions to leave work as well as sharing some new research being undertaken at the University of Aberdeen which seeks to identify effective psychological workplace interventions.

Light refreshments will be served.

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About our speakers

Katrina Forbes-McKay MA (Hons), PhD, SFHEA, CPsychol is a Psychology Lecturer and Course Leader on the MSc Applied Psychology in the School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and an Auroran of the Advance HE Leadership Foundation.

She has a passion for understanding and enhancing mental well-being amongst various groups and has presented widely at conferences and in journal articles. For more information please see

Linda Engles is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. Having worked as an independent consultant over a number of years, Linda has delivered leadership and team development projects across the public, private and third sector. She is keen to bring her applied experiences to her lectures to help student engagement and develop employability skills. 

Linda is chair of the University of Aberdeen staff menopause network and is currently collaborating with HR colleagues at the university to better support women experiencing menopause and perimenopause in the workplace. She is also currently supervising a PhD student to understand women’s experiences of the menopause and perimenopause to inform psychological interventions in the workplace.

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