Tresco praises cricket's caring side

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Marcus Trescothick is pleased to play a part in the Professional Cricketers' Association's latest initiative

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Marcus Trescothick is pleased to play a part in the Professional Cricketers' Association's latest initiative

Former England opener Marcus Trescothick believes cricket is leading the way in dealing with depression and addictive behaviour in sport after the launch of the Professional Cricketers' Association's latest initiative.

The PCA have launched a series of six online 'Mind Matters' tutorials, covering subjects including alcohol and drug abuse, gambling, plus anxiety and suicide, and offering advice to members on how and where to seek help. The tutorials are mainly presented by Trescothick, who has suffered from depression and anxiety throughout his career.

Trescothick, who played 76 Tests for England, told Press Association Sport: "Cricket is doing so much work to help the players, we have seen recently that a lot of players have had different problems and I think we are leading the way in this area and hopefully we can continue to help players and other sports."

Michael Yardy, who flew home from England's 2011 World Cup campaign due to depression, and Warwickshire wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, another player to suffer depression, also present a section on the topic.

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and ex-Essex and Northamptonshire bowler Darren Cousins, who attempted suicide in March 2011 following his retirement, have also made contributions to the initiative.

When Somerset batsman Trescothick returned home from England's tour of India early in 2006, and from the Ashes tour of Australia later the same year, it brought the taboo issue of depression within sport firmly into the spotlight.

Since then great strides have been made and Trescothick believes the latest scheme will prove of great value to those in need, and he added: "I spoke to Jason Ratcliffe (assistant chief executive) at the PCA about it and I was delighted to support the idea.

"I know lots of people contributed to it but I spent two hours a day doing voiceovers and I was really pleased to help out.

"One of the current problems for some players is they may not feel comfortable with the idea of talking to a psychologist or a doctor, and in a way this can maybe help them to diagnose themselves, to realise they are struggling with something which is more than feeling down.

"This can give them that knowledge and from there they can get experts involved in a more hands-on way."

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