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:
Injury, illness, medical conditions, impairment/disability, concussion, sleep, dietary needs, skin checks.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 07920 575578.
Alcohol, drugs including smoking, legal highs, prescription & recreational drugs, gambling, sex/porn.
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.
Faith/spirituality needs, safe driving, social media education, financial issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.
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.
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.
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?
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.Play Video
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.
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.