Jonathan Trott: Mental health charity Mind claims Trott needs respect, not a label after stress-related illness returns

Trott will take a second break form cricket less than a month after making his comeback

Jonathan Trott needs respect, not a label, as he continues his struggles with a stress-related illness - according to mental health charity Mind.

Trott is taking a second extended break from his profession as an England and Warwickshire batsman, after experiencing a return of the "anxieties" which forced him to leave last winter's Ashes tour early.

The 32-year-old made a short-lived comeback for his county this month.

He also explained his problems in a selection of media interviews in March, but the reaction to his description of being "burnt out" was far from universally well-received by cricket pundits.

Mind, however, insist an important part of helping people with mental health problems is not to assert personal judgements about exactly how they may be feeling.

Trott to take second break after suffering repeat of stress-related illness

"We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health," said the charity's spokesperson.

"One in four of us will experience symptoms of a mental health problem this year, whether or not we are formally diagnosed, and people identify with and talk about their own experiences in different ways.

"We should accept and respect the way people talk about their own experiences and not seek to assert our own judgement or label anyone in any particular way."

Trott is the latest cricketer to have encountered similar difficulties, after his own former team-mate Michael Yardy and their predecessor Marcus Trescothick both had to leave overseas tours.

Mind identifies high-profile sport, if not specifically cricket, as a profession in which such problems can occasionally become severe.

"Stress is not a medical diagnosis - but severe stress that continues for a long time may lead to depression, anxiety or more acute mental health problems," added the spokesperson.

"Within the world of elite sport, there is undeniable pressure to deliver outstanding performances time after time.

"There is little room for error, and failure to deliver can cost a player their position on a team.

"In addition there is an atmosphere where asking for help can be perceived as a weakness and speaking out about mental health problems a taboo."

Trott factfile: A look at the batsman's career

Trott's employers and his players' union, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Professional Cricketers Association, have ensured help is in place for any player who needs it.

PCA chief executive Angus Porter said: "We work very closely with the ECB. All players are aware we have a confidential helpline that is fully funded and that they can access support and any necessary treatment.

"[Mental health issues are] much more common than people assume. One in four people will have an episode of mental illness at some point."

There is no direct evidence available to him which elevates cricket as a high-risk profession above others.

"What we know from our research is that the propensity to mental illness is pretty much the same among social and professional groups," said Porter.

He does, however, advocate care over the language used and opinions voiced in public discussion of situations such as Trott's.

"I am not an expert, and I think there are dangers of anybody who is not expert passing comment on specific cases.

"One thing I have learned is that every case is different.

"Taking a non-expert view on any one situation could be counter-productive ... but airing the debate on this important subject is not."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?