Mental Wellbeing &
Suicide Prevention

Through Cricket

OUR SESSIONS

We provide free sessions promoting positive mental health to leagues, clubs, players and coaches.

MEDIA & RESOURCES

Check out our podcast and downloads, along with the best mental health apps from the web.

HELP & SUPPORT

A comprehensive list of where to get mental health support for you, your friends or loved ones.

Who We Are…

Opening Up Cricket was formed in response to the death of Sefton Park CC wicket keeper, Alex Miller, and a will to promote positive mental health in our sport.

Alex took his own life in December 2012, and in the year that followed his team mates supported the work of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to pay tribute to him. This has continued but as the season following his passing came to a close, there was a thought to do something more lasting and further reaching…

Who We Support

An absolutely fantastic session, learning about how we can be positive and proactive with our mental health

 Edinburgh University CC

What an inspiring and informative chat! Thank you Mark for taking the time to come and speak to us. We really appreciate it

Worcestershire Women’s Rapids

Brilliant and thought provoking talk last night. Some great conversations were had and we thoroughly recommend getting in touch with Mark

 Toft CC

Blog

Following On- Mike’s Story

Following On- Mike’s Story

My depression story has many heads, some that I didn’t know about until I started a counselling programme. There were many straws on my back and a breakup was the finally straw that broke me. I suffered from what my counsellor believed was PTSD and childhood...

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...

Back From The Edge

Back From The Edge

​“I NEEDED LIFE TO STOP. I NEEDED TO BE CUT OFF. I NEEDED TO BE PROTECTED FROM ME” Now a sports agent, previously a professional cricketer for Lancashire and Derbyshire, Luke Sutton recently revisited an area of his past concealed from the public. Eight years ago he...

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...

Beer No More

Beer No More

After sixteen years of it being my favourite hobby, I called time on my drinking career in November 2018. This blog is not an attempt to preach about the virtuous path of teetotalism. Instead, I hope some reflection on the realities of abstaining from alcohol will...

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