Mental Health Support

The WPBSA has identified a need to provide a confidential and professional clinical service to its Members and in 2017 we announced two new partnerships to deliver this support.

Talking Solutions

From 1 October 2017 current main tour players will be able to access support from Talking Solutions Ltd following an agreement reached with the WPBSA.

Under the new agreement, players now have access to the support that they need as follows:

  • A dedicated number and email for players to contact directly without needing to contact the WPBSA should they feel they need to.
  • Initial assessment within 72 hours to determine whether further support is needed.
  • The cost of up to six sessions with Talking Solutions to be covered by the WPBSA for each member.

Contact Talking Solutions

About Talking Solutions

Talking Solutions has over 27 years’ worth of experience working with individuals with a wide range of mental health problems with a proven track record in assisting people to overcome the difficulties they were experiencing. Talking Solutions main form of therapy is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is structured talking therapy that assists the person to understand and overcome their problems.

Learn more: www.talkingsolutions.org

Silence of Suicide

The WPBSA has also partnered with Silence of Suicide (SOS), who provide a unique, bespoke, informal & confidential service that offers people opportunities to discuss their troubles in an open forum which supports them in speaking more freely to assist with avoiding the long-term potential threat of suicide.

Through its work the WPBSA will promote SOS Silence of Suicide to raise awareness of the potential for suicide and the need for people to talk. SOS Silence of Suicide will also offer open sessions for players at the Betway UK Championship, providing the option to come and speak freely about issues and experiences they feel they wish to share in relation to mental health issues or problems that long-term could bring about suicidal thoughts.

For more information about the sessions players should contact us directly.

About Silence of Suicide (SOS)

Silence of Suicide was established by Michael Mansfield QC and his partner Yvette Greenway, following the suicide in May 2015 of Michael’s daughter Anna and five months earlier of a lifelong friend of Yvette’s. Silence of Suicide is a unique service with one simple aim: to encourage open, honest discourse by all those affected by suicide, from a safe platform provided by SOS where stigma, shame and silence do not exist.

Learn more: www.sossilenceofsuicide.org/

Mental Health Charter

The WPBSA has signed up to support mental health charter for Sport and Recreation. The Charter aims to:

  • create a welcoming, inclusive and positive environment for everyone to participate in sport and recreation.
  • encourage people to talk about mental health.
  • support people to seek help and support when needed

By signing up to the Charter, the WPBSA commits to:

  • promote wellbeing.
  • promote and adopt good mental health policies and best practice.
  • promote positive messages using diverse role models and ambassadors.
  • tackle discrimination.
  • support a pan-sport approach and share resources and best practice.
  • monitor your performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues.

The Charter is being supported by the charity Mind, Mind has lots of useful information and resources around mental health. Find out about the most commonly discussed mental health problems, including possible causes and how to access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Related Information (External Websites)

Other useful links for work being carried out to promote the Charter are:

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