In response to the news that cricketer Michael Yardy has made the decision to fly home from the World Cup in India due to depression, Time to Change hopes he gets all the help and understanding he deserves.

Time to Change Director Sue Baker said: “We applaud Sussex County Cricket Club and in particular their Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson for the statement of support, and hope that this acts as an example to other employers when dealing with employees who take the decision to disclose a mental health problem.

“Mark Robinson said that the club were “proud” and very supportive of Yardy's decision to “go public” about why he was leaving the World Cup.

“Robinson also added: "He's always been a person admired for his utmost honesty and integrity, and his courage in dealing with this issue emphasises that. As captain and one of our leading players, we'll give him all the time and all the support necessary so that he can continue to lead this club forward.”

“It’s encouraging to see depression being discussed openly in this way, and Michael’s honest disclosure will help to break down some of the stigma that surrounds depression.

“Further encouragement came from Garry Richardson on this morning’s Today programme who corrected Geoffrey Boycott’s ill informed comments suggesting that depression is about ‘not being able to handle the pressure’.  Richardson rightly commented that depression is an illness – and one that could happen to any of us.”

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