Keep aware and learn more on Mental Health Awareness Week

Racing Welfare and horseracing will come together next week in support for ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’. Kicking off on Monday 14th running to Sunday 20th May, the charity will promote and show the importance of good mental health & reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues today.

The racing staff across the country will all be showing their support by donning green ribbons when they lead up on various racedays through the week. Mental Health Awareness Week is a national campaign run by they Mental Health Foundation. The initiative has received industry backing from all corners such as the BHA, Arena Racing and The Jockey Club. Here at Careers in racing we will also be getting involved in the week.

The aim to be proactively engaging with the racing staff with the campaign Racing Welfare hopes that all working in the industry know that the charity have a range of support services available to them should they ever need it. The mental health charity ‘Mind’ have linked up with the Racecourse Newton Abbot for their Wednesday 16th fixture. This has been called ‘Mind and Racing Welfare’ raceday. Windsor Racecourse is also getting involved hosting the Mental health Foundation on the Monday 14th May.

Racing Welfare are the only charity which supports all the people that work in racing be it support staff, stable or stud right from their recruitment all through there career to retirement.

Simone Sear, Racing Welfare’s Director of Welfare had this to say: “Looking after our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health, yet it is not always easy to recognise when we, or someone else, is struggling with a mental health issue. By supporting Mental Health Awareness Week we aim to raise awareness of and de‐stigmatise mental health issues to make it easier for those working in our industry to come forwards for support, or indeed to support others to get help. This week provides an important platform to raise awareness of our range of mental health support services available to racing’s workforce. As signatories of the Mental Health in Sport Charter we are committed to making sure that good mental wellbeing stays high on our agenda”.

For more information on the week and more things Racing Welfare do click here. or for more information on mental health issues you can find here.