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Opening Up Cricket raise issue of suicide to new audience

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The new cricket season is almost upon us and it has been brilliant to get out across a range of clubs to deliver sessions for Opening Up. The content, especially some of the statistics relating to male suicide, sometimes shocks those present. Our presentations are certainly a little different from the kind of talk you might be expecting to hear before training or in the bar. It has been rewarding to have conversations after with players who themselves have had mental health problems and express their appreciation that someone is raising awareness of these issues in sport. What has come across so clearly at each event is the potential to use the positives of team sports to improve the wellbeing of those who play it. Looking out across rooms of lads who are committed and dedicated to their club has reminded us that so much of what is needed to change attitudes to mental health and assist suicide prevention is already there, just under the surface. The original justgiving page of Sefton Park CC has seen dozens of donations from players across the region and beyond as the Opening Up project spreads beyond just one club. However it still remains something very personal to those associated as another season comes around without Alex here. If there’s one purpose of visiting all these clubs it is to try our best to make sure that no-one else has that feeling of their team mate and friend leaving a hole as the sport carries on.

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