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Mental Health Support And Balance With Portland’s Scott Leykam

Guest Scott Leykam, Portland
15:37 min watch


Portland Vice President of Athletics Scott Leykam sits down with AthleticDirectorU’s Tai M. Brown to dive into the Pilots’ network of mental health providers and the logistics for organizing the network, how the pandemic served as an inflection point for his approach to staff and personal life, and much more.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - Walk us through the process to expand mental health support for student-athletes with the resources available.
  • - What is the structure for your four providers to support your student-athletes?
  • - Was there any initial hesitation from student-athletes?
  • - How important is it that your providers are former student-athletes?
  • - How do you ensure your staff and coaches are taking care of themselves?
  • - As a leader, what have you done when you notice a staff member or coach may be off?
  • - How did the pandemic serve as an inflection point in evolution as a leader?
  • - How did the time working from home impact you personally?
  • - Coming out of the pandemic, how have you adjusted your day-to-day to have more balance at home?
  • - How have you worked to plan more work-life balance into your schedule?
  • - Have you formalized any department policies to encourage more balance?