I wanted to make the link between cricket and mental health because of the players who have publicly suffered from depression. This includes Somerset’s Marcus Trescothick, as well as Michael Yardy who plays for my local club Sussex.
“Facing up to Australia’s fast bowlers was nothing compared to facing up to my depression.”
Both Yardy and Trescothick had to give up playing for England because of their illness. This resonated with me because my granddad was severely bipolar and unable to work for months at a time. I myself have also been signed off work with depression and anxiety, and know how difficult it can be when your mental health affects your career.
I’m also a big fan of cricket – and wanted to create something that was genuinely useful for cricket-lovers who also struggle to pinpoint all of the fielding positions.
Time to Change
1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our lives. So the chances are that you or someone you love have or will be affected. The majority of people also have to face discrimination and stigma, which can be worse than the symptoms themselves.
Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. It’s also backed by a number of high-profile celebrities including Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax, Davina McCall as well as Marcus Trescothick.
One of the key messages the campaign promotes is that you don’t need to be an expert on mental health to talk about it. Little things can make all the difference: like sending a text message or asking someone how they are.
- Add your name on Time to Change’s pledge wall here
- Follow Time to Change on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for email updates about the campaign
- Ask someone “How are you?”, listen to them and let them know you care
Time to Change is funded by the Lottery and Comic Relief, so I’m donating 10% of products I sell on this website to Mind in Brighton & Hove, as a thank you for the support myself and my family have received from the organisation. I am also enclosing information about Time to Change and the importance of talking about mental health with every item I sell.