Mental health is hard.

Research shows that it’s often harder for athletes; they tend to be high achievers, are often perfectionistic, and play in high-stakes, pressure-packed environments where self-worth can be closely tied to performance outcomes.

It’s no wonder having a healthy mental life is a struggle.

It used to be a struggle dealt with privately – or simply not dealt with at all. There was shame associated with displaying weakness. The good news is that more athletes are speaking out about mental health issues, and progress is being made. The NBA and NFL have implemented mental health initiatives, and the majority of pro teams now have sports psychologists on staff.

Still, it’s hard for athletes to admit mental health struggles because it’s simply hard to be vulnerable.

Croydon Cricket Club wants to take a step forward in supporting the SPORT IN MIND charity Croydon Cricket Club