Club raises issue of mental health concerns

Coaches and team managers from Tynemouth Cricket Club became the first in the country to complete mental health first aid training.

The four week course came about after the club teamed up with Mental Health First Aid England in the groundbreaking initiative.

Club officials were given an insight into mental health problems, which affect around ten per cent of children aged between five and 15.

Tynemouth club development manager Rebecca Ayton said: “Mental Health is often swept under the carpet and with young men in particular there is a reluctance to go to their GP or other health agencies with problems.

“Sports clubs have access to large numbers of young people and we felt it important that those who work with young people in the club should receive the training to help support vulnerable young people.”

Tynemouth chairman Russell Perry added: “I was delighted with the response to what was a really thought provoking course and hope this will help us support those young people we come into contact who may not have engaged with more traditional agencies.”