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Essex Cricket supporting International Men's Day

Essex Cricket supporting International Men's Day
Essex Cricket supporting International Men's Day

Essex Cricket and moneycorp are supporting International Men’s Day, which is celebrated all around the world on 19 November every year.

The three core themes for International Men’s Day in the UK are:

• Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys.
• Raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing.
• Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity.

With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the world hard, it has never been more important to consider someone’s mental health, as well as their physical health and wellbeing.

In partnership with moneycorp, Essex Cricket’s Club Psychologist William Winstone spoke to Sam Cook, Jamie Porter and Tom Westley to discuss several issues that could be affecting their mental health.

The group discussed what they did to keep active and keep morale high during the first wave of the pandemic, the ups and downs of being a professional athlete and how that affects everyday life, and who their role models are and why.

Lee McDarby, Managing Director of U.K. International Payments at moneycorp, said: “It is crucial to check in on our mental health at the best of times and given the year many of us may have experienced in 2020, now more than ever, it is important to take a step back to make sure that we within ourselves and those around us are ok. It is also ok to not be ok and if that is the case then reach out to a friend or a loved one to talk about it. Understanding our mental health is a journey to be taken one step at a time.

“It is a privilege to have worked with our great partners at Essex Cricket to produce this short and insightful video. Some of the players at the Club spent some time with the Club’s in-house psychologist to candidly discuss how they deal with the pressure of performing at the highest level of men’s competitive sport in a world which feels far from normal right now. Please take a moment to watch the video and speak up if you need a helping hand, as our mental health and our physical health go hand in hand when it comes to our overall well-being.”

For more information on International Men’s Day and what you can do to show your support, please click here.