Mental Health Awareness

We all have mental health

Mental health problems can affect the way people think, feel and behave. Some mental health problems are described using words that are in everyday use - for example, ‘depression’ or ‘anxiety’. A mental health problem feels just as bad, or worse, than any other illness – only it cannot be seen. Although mental health problems are very common – affecting one in four people in Scotland – there is still stigma and discrimination towards people with mental health problems, as well as many myths about what different diagnoses mean.

Source: SAMH

Support Within Sport Service

The Support Within Sport service provides access to an independent, confidential service via a phone line or specially created mobile application. Cricket Scotland players and staff who may be suffering from a mental health issue, or problems with alcohol or gambling can access the service, which is at no cost to the individual concerned.

Anyone contacting the service will be referred to an experienced doctor, who will seek to contact referred individuals within 24 hours of referral, provide initial support and agree a plan for the recommended intervention. The services offered range from phone advice, virtual assessments using zoom and Skype for now, medical support, clinical psychology, psychiatry, and counselling.

The Support Within Sport service welcomes referrals from staff and players via the specialist phone number: 07702 565916 or via email:

Ways to help your Club

Mental Health Webinars

In partnership with Opening Up Cricket on #WorldMentalHealthDay, we produced three free webinars for clubs on the topic of mental health. Whether you are a Welfare Officer, coach, player or take up another important role at your club, we encourage you to take a look at the webinars below.

A Mental Health Plan for your Club

Helping you embed wellbeing in your setting through ideas and support. The key themes in this session are visibility, training and advocacy.

Helping A Teammate

Sharing ideas and evidence based practices for how to support someone going through a tough time.

Mindfulness For Cricketers

Exploring how mindfulness can aid your cricket and health, including ways to practice it, benefits to sport and health and next steps to embed it in your personal or club setting.

Mental Health Charities

SAMH: Scottish Association for Mental Health

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. SAMH work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others.

SAMH Website

Opening Up Cricket

Opening Up Cricket was formed in response to the death of Sefton Park CC wicketkeeper, Alex Miller, and a will to promote positive mental health in our sport. As a result, the organisation was created with the aim of speaking to local cricketers about the experience of losing Alex in the hope that more conversation about this topic could prevent further tragedies.

Opening Up Cricket Website


Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.