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The PCA work with Thrive to provide members with NHS approved app.

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The Professional Cricketers’ Association has partnered with Thrive to support members in the prevention, early-detection and self-management of common mental health conditions. ‘Thrive’ is an NHS approved app created by consultant psychiatrists and consultants psychologists using purely evidence based, clinically effective techniques.

The mobile application is an update of the resource members have had access to since 2015. After updating in 2017, the ‘PCA Thrive App’ has now been transformed into a custom-made support mechanism. Research has proved the app significantly accelerates depression recovery time and the update includes customised support links for every member to confidentially seek further support whenever they need it.

The PCA has championed the ongoing interests of professional cricketers in England and Wales since its formation in 1967. As part of their commitment in supporting members, the PCA have an ever-growing mental health and wellbeing programme which provides a variety of useful tools and services which are beneficial to common mental health concerns including stress, anxiety and depression.

"Extending our relationship with Thrive is a positive move in ensuring the PCA is offering current and former professional cricketers with the tools to self-manage their mental health."

IAN THOMAS

Cricket is widely regarded as a leader in the field of mental health and the PCA’s ‘Mind Matters’ campaign was introduced in 2012 and focused on creating awareness and supporting cricketers through common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

The app, created by consultant psychiatrists and consultant psychologists, provides resilience building tools and clinically evidenced techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy programmes, mindfulness techniques such as meditation and deep muscle relaxation, and others. The PCA have worked with Thrive to build confidential ways for all members to seek further support through the app too, including a private helpline, direct access to player welfare managers, and more.

To download the app, members simply visit their relevant app store (Apple or Google Play) and download the free app. Members are provided a unique PCA access code offering free access and unlimited usage via their Personal Development Manager or Ali Prosser.

PCA Director of Development and Welfare, Ian Thomas, said:

“Extending our relationship with Thrive is a positive move in ensuring the PCA is offering current and former professional cricketers with the tools to self-manage their mental health.

“The updated app offers a unique way to self-access mental health and provides members with a quick and easy solution to contact the PCA whether it be through the Confidential Helpline or put them in touch with one of our Personal Development and Welfare Managers.”

Thrive Commercial Director, Simon Jay, said:

“We’re really proud to say that we’ve worked with the PCA for a couple of years now, they were one of the early adopters of our technology. This renewed partnership and launch of our biggest update yet will provide more support to the members at the PCA than ever before, and it’s something we’re really excited about promoting over the next year.”

PCA members can also speak directly to experienced counsellors who understand the pressure of being a current or former cricketer via calling the Confidential Helpline at any time on: 0844 8006873.