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Thrive app expands provisions for PCA members

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Newly updated wellbeing service now offers in-app coaching.

The Thrive wellbeing app has expanded its offering to PCA members to include in-app coaching with qualified therapists, with new and existing features currently available to the entire PCA membership as well as their friends and families.

The new development will improve the experience of PCA members and their close contacts who use the Thrive app, by way of offering users direct contact with a qualified individual through the app itself.

It builds on updates over recent years, which have seen Thrive transformed into a customised support mechanism, offering links for users to seek further support when needed.

Thrive is the only NHS-approved app designed for the prevention and early detection of mental health and wellbeing issues. The PCA has provided the app for its members since 2015, during which time its feature set has constantly evolved.

Further features available to the PCA membership include cognitive behavioural therapy programmes, mindfulness techniques such as meditation and deep muscle relaxation and more.

The updated app will allow PCA members to be proactive in improving their mental wellbeing, and is easily available to download from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Until the end of March, Thrive are offering the service to family and friends of PCA members to take advantage of the platform for free. Members must contact either the PCA’s Membership Services Manager Alison Prosser or their regional Personal Development Manager (PDM) for a unique access code.

The Thrive app forms part of the PCA’s Personal Development and Welfare Programme (PDWP), a personalised support service which aims to enable individuals to excel and develop sustainable performance within and outside of cricket.

The PCA’s Director of Member Services, Ian Thomas, believes the new Thrive features will aid the wellbeing of PCA members: “Recent figures published by our registered charity, the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, show that there has never been higher demand for wellbeing support amongst the PCA membership.

“We are therefore delighted to be able to work with Thrive to continue providing an excellent service for our members in this area, as we have done since beginning our relationship in 2015.

“Members should take great confidence from the fact that Thrive is the only NHS-approved app for the early detection of mental health and wellbeing issues, and I hope both current and former players will be proactive in using the app’s new features.

“And of course, should PCA members feel the need to seek further support, they will be able to reach our providers at the Sporting Chance Clinic through the Thrive app or via a referral from a member of our Personal Development and Welfare team.”

Visit Thrive’s website to find more information on the wellbeing app.

Find out more about the PCA’s Personal Development and Welfare Programme (PDWP).

View recently published statistics on the number of PCA members supported by the Professional Cricketers’ Trust in the area of mental health and wellbeing.

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