Category Archives: Mental Health

Kate Cross: England bowler ‘didn’t know her purpose’ during anxiety struggles

“I didn’t do anything for three days. I just slept and cried.”

Just over two years ago, England women’s bowler Kate Cross looked to have the world at her feet.

She had broken record after record on her way to playing international cricket, becoming the first girl to be accepted into the Lancashire Academy at the age of 15 before becoming the first woman to play in the Central Lancashire League for Heywood in 2015.

The year before, she had become one of the first 18 women to be awarded professional contracts by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

But unbeknown to all who knew her, Cross was struggling with anxiety and depression.  More

Postpartum psychosis: Adele spotted her friend’s illness

Singer Adele and Laura Dockrill

Adele’s best friend says the singer was the first one to spot her postpartum psychosis.

Laura Dockrill gave birth to a baby boy, who is Adele’s godson, in February this year.

“She recognised it in me, I was on the phone FaceTiming her and she was the first one to detect what I might have,” Laura told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

The serious mental illness affects one in one thousand mums and can lead to hallucinations after giving birth.

Laura said: “The last six months can only be described as hell, it’s been the worst time of my life.”

She says her symptoms were “insomnia, delusions, suspiciousness and paranoia”, and has written a blog post to share her experience with mums who might be going through the same thing.

Adele shared Laura’s story and described it as “intimate and heartbreaking”.  More

Barnsley write supportive letter to fan who spoke of depression on social media

Barnsley have written a supportive letter to a lifelong fan who openly discussed his depression and anxiety on social media.

Chris Ryder received the letter from the club’s chief executive Gauthier Ganaye and posted it on Twitter.

Mr Ganaye said his “office door is always open” and the League One club would be “returning the favour” in support for his loyalty as a fan.

Ryder told the BBC he was “shocked” to receive the letter from the club.  More

Morrisons ‘quiet hour’ for autistic shopping introduced

Supermarket chain Morrisons has introduced a weekly “quieter hour” for autistic shoppers who struggle with music and noise.

Its UK stores will dim lights, turn music off, avoid using the tannoy and turn check-out beeps down on Saturdays from 09:00 to 10:00.

The movement of trolleys and baskets will also be reduced, it says.

The National Autistic Society says it is a “step in the right direction” for those who find shopping a struggle.

Other shops, including an Asda supermarket in Manchester and a Tesco Extra in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, also hold “quiet hours” and the National Autistic Society is encouraging retailers to take part in a nationwide “autism hour” in October.  More

Student mental health support must improve, universities told

Universities are being told to “dramatically improve” support for students with mental health issues.

The government is announcing it will award a certificate of excellence to institutions which meet new standards of mental health care.

It also wants universities to give students an opt-in service for vice chancellors to contact parents.

This would mean if students find themselves in a mental health crisis their relatives can be alerted.  More

Mental health action plan for elite athletes put in place by government

A new action plan is being put in place to stop professional athletes “reaching crisis point” with their mental health.

The measures have been announced by the government to protect the mental health of athletes and include giving coaches and support staff extra training to spot the signs of poor mental health.

The plan has been developed with mental health and sport organisations.

The government says all elite sports must have a clear mental health strategy by 2024.  More

Autism at Christmas: ‘My son likes to lock himself in his room’

For many children Christmas is the most exciting time of the year, but for those with autism – and for the families who look after them – it can be an extraordinarily challenging period.

Some of the simplest joys associated with Christmas, such as opening presents or eating turkey, can become potential flashpoints as children who place huge importance on their routines find it hard to handle the change to their environment.

So how do families with autistic children make it through the festive season with happiness and harmony?

For Kevin Harrison, it is a time of year to be handled cautiously as his 11-year-old son Daniel struggles with the challenges of Christmas.  More

‘Sharp rise’ in student mental illness tests universities

Almost five times as many students as 10 years ago have disclosed a mental health condition to their university, say researchers.

In 2015-16, more than 15,000 UK-based first-year students disclosed mental health issues, Institute of Public Policy Research analysis suggests.

The 2006 figure was about 3,000 and the rise risks overwhelming university services, the IPPR says.

Universities UK said student mental health was “a strategic priority”.  More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – August 2017

International Youth Day is on 12 August and as 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) we have chosen them as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the month for their with the local community and programmes for young people.

The community programme was established in 1992 and became Charlton Athletic Community Trust in 2003. Known as CACT, it is famed for its work in its local communities and has scooped numerous prestigious industry awards over recent years.

The community initiative began when the football club returned to The Valley in 1992. It started with just one member of staff, a bag of footballs and a telephone and has now grown into an organisation that employs 100 permanent staff, has a pool of over 100 casual coaches and engages with thousands of people on a weekly basis.

CACT uses the power of football and sport to engage, empower and provide positive opportunities and activities for young people.

The trust delivers successful community programmes is the following areas:

  • Education
  • Social Action and Enterprise
  • Early Help And Prevention
  • Equality, Diversity And Inclusion
  • Football And Sports Development
  • Youth Services
  • Health Improvement

 As well as young people the trust has many other initiatives in the community, with their work on mental health in the over 65 age group, recently being nominated for a national award.

The university has strong connections with the football club and continue to be a patron following a three year period as the shirt sponsor.  Our LGBT+ staff network have continued links with Proud Valiants, Charlton’s LGBT+ fans’ group and the trust have often attended university events, particularly in relation to their stop smoking campaign.

To find out more about CACT and the excellent work that they do go to their website at

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