Dealing With The Grief Of Suicide

Dealing With The Grief Of Suicide

I was fortunate enough to have a very good childhood. I had two loving parents, a younger sister and an older brother who were the perfect siblings. I was given the opportunity and platform to thrive. I was lucky to be talented at several sports, having played...

Welcome To The New Opening Up!

Welcome To The New Opening Up!

We're delighted to welcome you to the new Opening Up Cricket website, powered by our supporters Key & Eagle Digital Media! Key & Eagle Digital Media are one of the fastest-growing digital media agencies in the North-West, and their ever-growing client list...

Spending Less & Living More

Spending Less & Living More

On the 23 March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an address to the nation that was going to dramatically change our lives. We were instructed to only leave our house for essential shopping trips, for one form of exercise per day, to collect medication, or to...

Small Circles

Small Circles

NUNO Espirito Santo has a different-sounding name, has led a different kind of life and his playing career was far from that of the average Joe Pro.He spent his first six years as a barefoot boy on a paradise beach, raised on the tiny African island of Principe. His...

The Silent Sanctuary Of County Cricket

The Silent Sanctuary Of County Cricket

When I was young cricket was my passion. Now it is my therapy. I always enjoyed a meandering relationship with the game; learning and playing in adolescence, playing and watching in adulthood then watching occasionally in maturity.  But now, just after...

The Truth Of My Addiction

The Truth Of My Addiction

It is almost impossible to imagine what it is like in life to reach the point when you actually want to die. Life is the most precious gift and yet something had driven me to want to throw it away and it seemed like the only and by far the best option.  My rock...

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FAQ's About Mental Health

What are mental health problems?

In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

What types of mental health issues are there?

There are many different mental health problems. Some of them have similar symptoms, so you may experience the symptoms of more than one mental health problem, or be given several diagnoses at once; Or you might not have any particular diagnosis, but still be finding things very difficult. Everyone’s experience is different & can change at different times.

Am I the only one who feels this way?

Experiencing a mental health problem is often upsetting, confusing and frightening – particularly at first. If you become unwell, you may feel that it's a sign of weakness, or that you are 'losing your mind'. However, in reality, mental health problems are a common human experience.

What else might I experience?

There are some difficult feelings and behaviours which are often associated with mental health problems, such as: Panic Attacks, Self Harm, Suicidal Feelings, Psychosis & many more.