How To Build Mental Health Literacy In Your Organization #BITESIZE

How To Build Mental Health Literacy In Your Organization #BITESIZE

Paul Gorczynski, PhD, HCPC, CPsychol, AFBPsS: A Senior Lecturer and Chartered and Practitioner Psychologist. Paul has consulted for sporting organizations (e.g., IOC) and governments (e.g., a Women and Equalities Committee, UK Parliament on LGBTQ+ mental health service use and the Colombian Ministry of Sport on mental health literacy).

Paul has also developed and delivered training programmes on mental health for BASES and the IOC Medical and Scientific Committee (see below):

BASES Mental Health in Sport and Exercise units

Global Diversity in the World of Sport and Performance: The Link Between Culture and Mental Health Webinar

IOC Mental Health in Elite Athletes Toolkit

Paul Gorczynski’s contact details and research publications

In today’s short episode, Dr Paul Gorczynski who has worked with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shares his knowledge of mental health literacy in particular offering some excellent advice for decision makers in organisations who are looking to develop and implement mental health literacy strategies. 

Key Learnings

  • Mental health literacy refers to the knowledge and understanding of mental health.  It can play a part in helping people to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness.
  • Mental health literacy involves understanding causes and risk factors, and signposting to appropriate resources and support.
  • In organisations mental health literacy projects can help to shift cultures in relation to how mental health is viewed.
  • Incorporating mental health literacy into the values and mission of organisations can take time.

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Relevant Podcast Episodes

Ep158: Paul Gorczynski – How to Develop and Implement Mental Health Literacy Strategies

Ep159: Dr Andrew Shafic – How To Prevent Burnout In Elite Professional Football To Maximise Performance

Ep177: Lisa Avery – How to Help Young People Develop a “Can Do” Attitude

Ep205: Dr Carl Bescoby – Rehabilitation And Returning To Sport: How To Support Injured Athletes

Ep207: Nicole Posner – And Breathe: How To Prevent, Manage and Master Difficult Conversations

Relevant Blogs

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Blog – Creating a Mentally Healthy Sporting Environment

Blog – Life After Professional Sport and its Challenges



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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

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