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PCA LAUNCH STRESS FREE APP

The Professional Cricketers’ Association today launched its new stress free app as the latest tool to aid the health and wellbeing of members.

The mobile application, which replaces the previous resource which had been active since 2014, has been built in conjunction with designers Thrive Therapeutic Software and is clinically proven to help manage stress and mental health using simple, accessible, everyday tools.

Developed and created with the support of UK psychologists and psychiatrists the resource uses an interactive, easy use platform to enable members to access regular proven, evidence-based techniques as part of their everyday routine.

The app focuses on three main areas - prevention, detection and treatment – and is launched as a proactive resource to aid the health and wellbeing of all members to help deal with the daily stresses of life on and away from the pitch.

There are a range of simple to use techniques available through the app including mindfulness techniques, distraction therapy, calm breathing, meditation, deep muscle relaxation and applied relaxation meaning there should be something to fit in with everyone’s preferences.

 

 

 

Daily quizzes are incorporated in the app to track anxiety levels and overall mental wellbeing and encourages support seeking behaviours before any harmful symptoms become too severe. There is also direct access through the app to the PCA’s team of Personal Development and Welfare Managers as well as to the 24-hour confidential helpline to receive support.

Former England batsman and PCA Mental Health Ambassador Marcus Trescothick has supported the launch of the new stress free app.

“This is another fantastic resource that the PCA are putting in place to tackle anxiety and mental health issues within cricket,” said Trescothick.

“We’re all susceptible to the stresses of sport and general life and mental health problems can strike anyone. This app will allow players to be able to monitor their own health wellbeing daily and provide another route to accessing support should it be needed.

“Cricketers spend a lot of time away from home and distanced from family and friends so to have a resource which you literally carry around in your pocket and is accessible to you where and when you need it is great.

“The PCA already does a huge amount for the awareness and support of Mental Illness and Wellbeing and this latest resource only adds to the great support available to members.”

PCA Director of Development and Welfare, Ian Thomas, echoed Trescothick’s sentiments.

“The stress free app is another option of support for our members to have some self-reflection on any struggles they may be having, it is also a way for members to learn more about coping strategies,” said Thomas.

“We hope members will download the app and give it a try, this latest version also provides a direct link to our confidential helpline and confidential personal development and welfare team.”

All members will receive an email with details of how to download the new app and for anymore details contact Ian Thomas via email, ithomas@thepca.co.uk.