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Professional Cricketers Trust overwhelmed by mental health assistance pleas

Over 100 former and current professional cricket players have requested assistance for mental health related issues.

Professional Cricketers Trust overwhelmed by mental health assistance pleas

The Professional Cricketers Trust (PCT) is struggling to cope with the number of applications from former and current players for mental health assistance, after figures increased threefold in just five years.

A cumulative 563 therapy sessions were provided by the PCT in the past year. It was decided that one individual needed residential care after being considered a suicide risk.

The PCT is a charity formed in 1967, and it’s goal is to support the live-long health and wellbeing for members of the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA), as well as their immediate family.

The charity is unfortunately facing a £150,000 deficit in available funds because the on-going pandemic has restricted the opportunity to do complete fund-raising events.

Ian Thomas, the charity’s director, told The Daily Telegraph, “We might have to ration what we can do. That’s a tough place to be isn’t it? When somebody needs help and you say, ‘We can only give you this amount of support’.”

The Cricketer have set up a ‘virtual cricket club’ in aid of the charity, with a number of high profile cricket stars such as Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Jos Butler and Andrew Strauss all being guests.

Cricket commentator, Ian Botham OBE also appeared in the club recently, and spoke about his life, as well as the India v England cricket tour that began last week. All the proceeds raised from the events went to the PCT.