Part 2: NBPA & Changing the Culture of Wellness in Athletics with Dr. William Parham, Derek Anderson, and Tracy Murray – Episode 163

This episode resumes the conversation with Dr. Graham Taylor and his guests, Dr. William Parham, the director of the National Basketball Players Association’s Mental Health and Wellness Program and two Wellness Program Advocates and former NBA superstars Derek Anderson and Tracy Murray. In our last episode, we discussed the NBPA’s Mental Health and Wellness program and its goals, the importance of managing one’s mental health, survivor mentality physical adversity, and the hidden genius found inside each of us. We’ll resume our talk today by discussing the importance of the spiritual side of who we are when addressing mental health. The antidote for shame and trauma is vulnerability. The more we talk about it, we can change that culture and narrative. It takes strength and trust to work through trauma and with vulnerability there is going to be greater health and wellbeing.


For more information about NBPA’s Mental Health and Wellness Program, please visit:

For more information about the social media report Decoding Online Abuse of Players, please visit:

For more information about mental health and athletics, please visit:

For more information about Stamina Foundation, created by Derek Anderson that empowers youth and young adults with life skills, please visit:

We want to remind our listeners about the upcoming National Lifeline set to launch this July. If you need someone to talk to and/or in need of mental health resources, please dial 988.

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