Behavioral Health Today

Part 2: Mental Health of Athletes & the NBA with Dr. William Parham – Episode 99

September 23, 2021

This episode resumes the conversation with Dr. Graham Taylor and Dr. William Parham the inaugural Director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Mental Health and Wellness Department. We have not yet begun to see what real GOAT (greatest of all time) behavior looks like. If we to invest, from the beginning all of those systems early on should have a mental health and wellness component as part of their regimen. If we can look at the developmental part of it first, that athletic performance will just naturally evolve the way that it's designed to evolve. Mental health is the missing link and maximizing one's true potential.

For more information about the NBPA Mental Health and Wellness Department, please visit:

Other resources provided by Dr. Parham include:
HBO Special - Weight of Gold:
Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Study:
ISSP Sports Psychology Consensus document:
West by West. Memoir shedding light on mental health in the NBA:
Washington Post, article One’s Mental Health in Olympic Athletes:
Aeon Magazine Invisible Tattoos - article on childhood trauma in athletes:
The Positive Coaching Alliance:



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