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The PCA celebrates six years of the Mental Health Charter for Sport.
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Today marks six years since the Professional Players Federation (PPF), the Sport and Recreation Alliance, and Mind launched the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation to actively challenge the stigma around mental health in the sporting world and promote positive mental health.
The Professional Cricketers’ Association was one of the first players’ associations to sign up to the Charter and since 2015 more than 450 signatories have pledged their support for the Charter. Each one committing to taking direct action to help make sport and physical activity across the country more mental health friendly.
Whilst professional sport has already returned, the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of professional sportspeople has been significant and the player associations continue to play an important role in supporting players and their families in facing such challenging times.
“It is pleasing to see how the Mental Health Charter for Sport has continued to grow as sport unites to promote positive mental health.”
As the recreational sport sector prepares to reopen once more, we are reminded of the potential for sport and recreation to help tackle many of the pressures people from all walks of life face, particularly those that have developed and been exacerbated over the past 12 months.
To celebrate the Charter’s sixth birthday, the PPF asked signatories to explain the progress they’ve made in this area since joining the movement, the effects of the pandemic on their sport and its participants and their hopes and vision for mental health in the sector in the next five years.
PCA Director of Member Services Ian Thomas discusses the work the PCA have done in this area in the video and he added:
“It is pleasing to see how the Mental Health Charter for Sport has continued to grow as sport unites to promote positive mental health and remove the stigma associated with any mental health related illnesses.
“The PCA was proud to lead the way in signing the Charter and we continue to put the wellbeing of our members at the centre of our work. This is done through proactive initiatives as well as the procedures we have in place to support all past and present professional cricketers in England and Wales.”