Paul Castle University of Worcester, UK
Paul Castle joined the University of Worcester as a senior lecturer in September 2004. He was a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council. As an active practitioner, with over 20 years’ experience, Paul provided applied psychology consultancy to clients in a wide array of disciplines, with a particular emphasis on providing individual- and small-group support to teachers and lecturers, to ameliorate the effects of stress, depression and burnout. As Mental Health and Wellbeing (MHWB or MWB) Lead for the School of Sport & Exercise Science at Worcester, Paul embraced the emerging issue of MWB in students and staff within primary, secondary and tertiary education. He was an advocate for reducing the stigma associated with MWB and provided applied psychological support in guiding students through their own ‘personal challenges’ by a combination of sport, physical activity and psychological skills training. Paul was trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), in conjunction with his professional grounding. He was an active member of the ‘Suicide Safer’ Project Group at the University of Worcester, which aimed to promote ‘suicide safer communities’ both regionally and nationally.