Team GB launches new mental health video series

22 May 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Team GB has launched a new, three-part video series focused on mental health, hosted by Olympic gold and silver medal-winning track cyclist, Callum Skinner.

The three episodes of ‘Team GB in Conversation With’ co-incide with Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from 18-24 May, for which the organisation has also collaborated with its partner the British Red Cross, with athletes reciting a poem about kindness - the theme for this year’s awareness week.

In each episode, Skinner, who has faced his own mental health challenges during his career, speaks with other athletes and Olympians about their experiences with mental health. 

Four-time hockey Olympian Helen Richardson-Walsh, who won gold at Rio 2016 as well as winning bronze at London 2012, is the subject of the first episode, while rugby sevens player Alex Davis and modern pentathlete Samantha Murray will feature in episodes two and three respectively. 

As elite athletes, the trio speak about how they cope with the pressure and the challenges that come with being an Olympian, and reflect on how they come through tough times.

“As someone who has struggled with my own mental health, this is an initiative that sits very close to my heart,” said Skinner.

“As an elite athlete it is so important not only to look after your physical health, but also to pay attention to your mental health. From my own experience, being able to talk opening with someone about the challenges I was facing with my mental health was incredibly invaluable, so I hope that this series may also encourage others – professional athletes or not – to seek out someone to speak to if they are struggling.” 

All three episodes will be available to view in full on Team GB’s YouTube channel, with snippets shared across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.