Mental Health Ambassadors 

 



PCA MENTAL HEALTH AMBASSADORS 


  • Andrew Flintoff

The former England captain and all-rounder became the PCA’s first Mental Health Ambassador in March 2016. Freddie has spoken frankly in films for the PCA and BBC about depression in professional sports people since he retired from playing.


  • Marcus Trescothick

The Somerset and former England batsman has been a pioneer in de-stigmatising depression since he presented the PCA initial Mind Matters tutorials when they were launched in 2012. Marcus has spoken openly about his own battle with depression which was a major factor in the early end of his international career.


  • Graeme Fowler

The former England batsman has appeared along with his wife Sara in Mind Matters films discussing his struggle with depression and how he devised his own mental health scale. Graeme accompanied PCA staff on their pre-season county visits in 2016 to help educate current players about mental wellbeing and recently published his autobiography ‘Absolutely Foxed’ which dealt frankly with depression. 


  • Monty Panesar

The Northamptonshire and former England left-arm spinner became the second PCA Mental Health Ambassador in May 2016 and appeared in a new film for the Mind Matters series. In the film Monty discusses how not taking prescribed medication increased anxiety and paranoia and led to him reacting aggressively to team-mates and friends.  


  • Tim Ambrose

The Warwickshire and former England wicketkeeper took time out of cricket in 2010 after he lost direction in his career. Tim subsequently appeared in a PCA Mind Matters video and discussed how he sought help from a psychologist for his depression and regained his enjoyment for playing cricket.


  • Mike Yardy

The former Sussex and England one day international all-rounder returned early from the World Cup in 2011 suffering from depression. Mike is now training as a sports psychologist and has discussed his depression both on camera, in the PCA’s Mind Matters series, and in his recent autobiography ‘The Hard Yards’.


  • Iain O’Brien 

The former New Zealand, Leicestershire and Middlesex seamer revealed his own battle with depression after listening to a radio programme hosted by former England captain Michael Vaughan on the issue. Having hidden his depression for most of his playing career, Iain has now spoken  honestly about it in the PCA’s Mind Matters series.


Flintoff adds PCA Mental Health Ambassador role to Presidency – 30/3/16


Andrew Flintoff, the new President of the Professional Cricketers' Association, has continued his support for the Association's mental health awareness campaign by becoming a PCA Mental Health Ambassador.

Flintoff, who was elected only the seventh President in the PCA's history at the recent annual meeting, will promote the Association's pioneering work in de-stigmatising mental health issues in sport.

Just a few days after the first annual Mental Health Charter day, led by the Sport and Recreational Alliance and Mind,  Flintoff, has further pledged his support to the organisation in order to continue education and raise awareness on this important subject.

Flintoff is not new to the subject, after openly discussing his issues with depression in a documentary that he led in 2009, called 'Freddie Flintoff: ‘Hidden Side of Sport” for BBC, where he interviewed a number of high profile cricketers and sportspeople, who have suffered mental health issues, including, Steve Harmison, Neil Fairbrother, both dressing room colleagues whilst playing cricket, Neil Lennon, Graham Dott and Ricky Hatton.

The PCA used aspects of the programme, in the formation of its own core, online mental health awareness programme, 'Mind Matters' where Flintoff, features in the Anxiety and Depression module. Full details can be viewed here https://kvgo.com/TheHall/MM_Anxiety_and_Depression

In 2014, he ‎addressed the PCA's 3rd annual Rookie camp where all newly contracted cricketers gather to receive valuable information on the career that lays before them and of the benefits that may lay in waiting,  for a long career in the game. LINK

Flintoff has also played a key role in ‎contributing to the PCA's confidential helpline online video messaging, by encouraging members  to seek help if there is a need, and in-line with all directives to get people to talk about their feelings, he urges people to take action and discuss their feelings “In these circumstances, there is no such thing as a time waster” 

 

 

"This subject isn't a new subject for me, and again, I'm delighted to offer my support to the PCA's push to help educate and raise awareness in this area. I feel they are really leading the way on this subject, probably since Marcus Trescothick opened up to his difficulties in 2006. I want to help carry on this momentum and ensure that we help as many people as possible," Flintoff said.

PCA's Assistant CEO and Head of member services, Jason Ratcliffe, said:  "To have Freddie put his support behind such an important and topical issue is incredibly powerful. By primarily ensuring our core cricketing population understand that one in four of us may suffer a mental health issue at any point of our lives, we hope the messaging will resonate with the wider population as well and encourage people to seek help as early as possible." 

Graeme Fowler , the former England, Lancashire and Durham batsman, is currently addressing all county squads during PCA pre-season visits talking about his experiences with depression and the PCA will shortly announce more Mental Health Ambassadors, ‎who will all help drive this key agenda over the coming months and years.

For more information, please call Jason Ratcliffe 07767 558050