22 Mental Health First Aiders now working across the business at Emirates Old Trafford
On this Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, Lancashire Cricket would like to issue an update on steps the Club has been taking in order to better help its staff.
With both mental and physical challenges presented during 2020 and 2021, Lancashire Cricket has been focusing its efforts on ensuring it can provide the necessary support to its staff.
There are now 22 members of staff working across the business with a recognised Mental Health qualification.
These members of staff, known as Mental Health First Aiders, have been trained to provide confidential support to anyone who feels they may be suffering with their mental health and wellbeing.
This is the highest level of qualification in the field of Mental Health and all first aiders are qualified to identify signs and symptoms of mental health and to help with supportive conversations, provide reassurance and direction - if needed.
In addition to this, Lancashire Cricket currently run Wellbeing Workshops each Wednesday, with a one-hour session taking place online, covering a number of different subjects each month.
The Club also has its own dedicated staff counsellor - Lily-Jo, from Unstoppable Coaching - who is available for private sessions with all colleagues.
Joanne Hunt, Lancashire Cricket’s Human Resources Director said: “This last year has presented the world with an unprecedented set of circumstances to adapt to and deal with.
“As a Club we recognise that everybody handles these situations differently and we wanted to make sure that Lancashire Cricket staff are aware that there is a dedicated support system in place for them.
“We hope that by now having 22 specially trained members of staff working across various departments within the business and our ongoing initiatives on health and wellbeing that we will be able to deal with the subject of mental health much more effectively.”