Due to the mental health impact of the pandemic, community organising has never felt more necessary and also at the same time impossible. Still, Sussex Cricket has successfully done this by launching a new mental health hub that they hope will provide support to people across the country.
The free to use online platform was created in partnership with Frog Systems and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and will be rolled out to 182 affiliated clubs in England and Wales. The hub is entirely anonymous and promises to connect and help thousands of people nationwide.
Users can search by topic for relevant issues, including diversity, inclusion, mental health, addiction, abuse, and sexual orientation. And for each subject, there are 60 seconds or less professionally filmed and edited video testimonials from people who have experience of that issues and signposting to regional organisations that can provide additional help and support.
The multipurpose platform incorporates video materials and signposting to point people in the right direction
Rob Andrew, CEO of Sussex Cricket, said: “We are extremely proud to be breaking new ground as the first sports club in the world to support its community in this way. With over 3,500 members, 182 affiliated cricket clubs, tens of thousands of supporters and thousands more people encountered through our community programmes and corporate partnerships, Sussex Cricket is in an incredibly strong position to make a positive difference in this aspect of people’s lives.”
Sarah Taylor, England World Cup winner and Sussex player, welcomed the new innovative platform as well as sharing her personal experience of mental wellbeing on the hub, she commented: "With all the challenges of the last year and this current lockdown, there couldn't be a better time for an innovation like this. I’m proud to have shared my experiences on the platform alongside so many other people from all walks of life. I’m sure the platform is going to make a big difference.”