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Racing Welfare supports MHA Week

Racing Welfare brought the horseracing industry together in support of Mental Health Awareness Week to break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues, promote the importance of good mental health and encourage open discussions on the subject across the racing and thoroughbred breeding industry.

The charity will be shedding light on a number of topics relating to mental wellbeing via their social media channels and has commissioned a video produced by Equine Productions to tell the story of one of their beneficiaries who has battled with mental illness; this will be shown on the screens of participating racecourses during the week in addition to being posted on social media.

Racing Welfare is working in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the BHA to carry out a pioneering piece of research into the provision of mental health services across horseracing. Led by LJMU postgraduate researcher Will McConn, the aim of the study is to fully understand the scope of the mental health-related challenges faced by those within the racing industry. Participants will include stud, stable and racecourse staff, alongside groundsmen, jockeys and stalls handlers as well as employers and other key stakeholders within the horseracing and breeding sectors and it is expected that the results will shape the future of mental health services across the industry.

Simone Sear, Racing Welfare's Director of Welfare said: "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. As signatories of the Mental Health in Sport Charter we are committed to making sure that good mental wellbeing stays high on our agenda".

Read the full story on the Racing Welfare website