Service users who use mental health services provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be putting their batting and bowling skills in practice this Yorkshire Day, 1st August.
The Trust together with Yorkshire Cricket Board and Time to Change are hosting a cricket day at Barnsley Cricket Club to help promote the idea of cricket as a tool to help rehabilitate people with mental health problems.
The event is open to 10-a-side teams from across Yorkshire and will include fun events, and cricket matches with a reduced number of overs.
This is the first ever mental health cricket event organised in the northern region and is a result of great partnership work between local organisations that are dedicated to helping people who are experiencing mental health problems.
Speaking about the event Hannah Geal, recovery and wellbeing sports lead for Trust services in Barnsley, said, "This is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma and promote wellbeing through exercise. We know that physical activity and social inclusion all make a big difference to wellbeing so the cricket fun day is great way to support these areas.”
The event will run from 9.30am – 5pm at Barnsley Cricket Club, Shaw Lane, Barnsley, S70 6HZ. Members of the public are welcome to come along to show their support.