Care Throughout Your Career & Beyond

The Professional Cricketers’ Association is committed to educating and supporting its members to manage their health and welfare throughout their career and beyond.

Areas of education and support include:

Physical Wellbeing

Injury, illness, medical conditions, impairment/disability, concussion, sleep, dietary needs, skin checks.

Mental Wellbeing

Mind Matters education series, PCA Mental Health Ambassadors, new PCA stress  free app, signposting for support with emotional management and mental health concerns and conditions.

Spreading Awareness

The PCA is committed to raising awareness on key health and welfare issues that affect our membership. For more information on areas of support available and our initiatives contact Ian Thomas, Director of Development & Welfare on ithomas@thepca.co.uk or 07920 575578.

Addictive Behaviours

Alcohol, drugs including smoking, legal highs, prescription & recreational drugs, gambling, sex/porn.

Relationships

Relationship breakdown, sexual consent and bullying, victimisation or discrimination due to gender, age, orientation, faith, ethnicity.

Bereavement / transition management

Coping with personal and/or career change.

Lifestyle choices

Faith/spirituality needs, safe driving, social media education, financial issues.

10 Ways To Look After Your Mental Health

1. TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.

2. EAT WELL

There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel – for example, caffeine and sugar can have an immediate effect. But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health.

3. KEEP IN TOUCH

Friends and family can make you feel included and cared for. They can offer different views from whatever’s going on inside your own head. They can help keep you active, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems.

4. TAKE A BREAK

A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.

5. ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE

Some of us make people laugh, some are good at maths, others cook fantastic meals. Some of us share our lifestyle with the people who live close to us, others live very differently. We’re all different.

6. KEEP ACTIVE

Experts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. Exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.

7. DRINK SENSIBLY

We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.

8. ASK FOR HELP

None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.

9. DO SOMETHING YOU'RE GOOD AT

What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.

10. CARE FOR OTHERS

Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.

Where To Go For More Information? Help & Advice?

Contact your regional PCA Personal Development Manager

Contact PDM

Call the PCA 24hr Confidential Helpline on: 0844 8006873 (UK Calls) or +44(0) 1373 858080 (International)

Mind Matters

The Mind Matters tutorials were launched in 2012 with the aim to educate PCA members about various effects and consequences on mental health through everyday stresses.

The tutorials aim to help members recognise the circumstances that could lead to a problem with substances, gambling or alcohol. Learning the warning signs of anxiety and depression in oneself or others, and how to access help and manage the problem.

This was launched on the back of the successful Confidential Helpline, and continues to be an important resource for past and present professional cricketers.

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Stress Free App

The updated mobile application is available to all PCA members 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 focuses on three main areas - prevention, detection and treatment – and was re-launched in 2017 as a proactive resource to aid the health and wellbeing of all members to help deal with the daily stresses of life on and off the pitch.

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Mental Health Ambassadors

Andrew Flintoff

Mental Health Ambassador

Graeme Fowler

Mental Health Ambassador

Iain O'Brien

Mental Health Ambassador

Marcus Trescothick

Mental Health Ambassador

Mike Yardy

Mental Health Ambassador

Monty Panesar

Mental Health Ambassador

Tim Ambrose

Mental Health Ambassador

The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation

The PCA have signed up to and have support The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation since its inception - For more information and details about the charter, see the links below.

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