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Mental Health First Aid Course – Cheltenham Racecourse

Course Details – July

  • Session 1: Tuesday 12th July– 9am – 5pm
  • Session 2: Wednesday 13th July– 9am – 5pm
  • Location: Cheltenham Racecourse

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an accredited training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

  • You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.
  • You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.
  • What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma and discrimination in the world around you.

Everyone who completes the course will receive:

  • An accredited MHFA certificate
  •  MHFA logo to add to your email signature
  • Access to Racing’s Support Line for support and advice
  • Posters for your workplace
  • Resources
  • MHFA Manual
  • MHFA Workbook

The maximum number of people per course is 12 and we can only register 2 people from an organisation on each course. The course costs £80 per person (this course, usually £300, is subsidised by Racing Welfare).

SEE MORE INFORMATION AND T&CS HERE

Health & Wellbeing across the Horseracing Industry Conference

Racing Welfare are holding their first Health and Wellbeing conference, which will be hosted virtually by EventsAir on Monday 19th September 2022.

The topic for the inaugural conference is ‘Healthy People and Healthy Organisations’.

The conference will be chaired by Helen Brewis, Lead Psychologist at Robertson Cooper and Keynote speech will be delivered by renowned sports psychologist, Michael Caulfield. Other expert panellists will be announced in due course.

Tickets to the conference are now available to purchase at an Early Bird rate of £35. Tickets can be purchased from: https://racingwelfare.eventsair.com/health-wellbeing-across-the-horseracing-industry-conference/registration

Online Mental Health Awareness Course (half day)

Time: Tuesday 15th November – 10:30am till 3:30pm (On Zoom)

An introductory course designed to increase mental health awareness and give an understanding of how to look after well being and challenge stigma. This course raises awareness of mental health. It covers:
  • What mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue
Everyone who completes the course gets:
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Aware
  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
The course is 5hrs long with an hour lunch break in the middle. The places are limited to 2 per organisation. We reserve the right to refund/transfer if more than 2 book. NB: Please be aware that this course is quite intensive and can draw on own personal experiences. If you or family members/close friends have had any lived experience in this area, it may raise issues for you. However, this course is not about resolving personal issues – so it is important to consider this carefully before committing yourself to the course. SEE MORE INFORMATION AND T&CS HERE

Adult Mental Health (England) Awareness Half Day Course – Classroom

Course Details – October 
  • Date/Time: Tuesday 4th October– 09:30am – 14.30pm
  • Location: Thirsk Racecourse

HALF DAY – MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

An introductory course designed to increase mental health awareness and give an understanding of how to look after well being and challenge stigma. This course raises awareness of mental health. It covers:
  • What mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue
Everyone who completes the course gets:
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Aware
  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
The course is 5hrs long with an hour lunch break in the middle. The places are limited to 2 per organisation. We reserve the right to refund/transfer if more than 2 book. NB: Please be aware that this course is quite intensive and can draw on own personal experiences. If you or family members/close friends have had any lived experience in this area, it may raise issues for you. However, this course is not about resolving personal issues – so it is important to consider this carefully before committing yourself to the course.

Online MHFA England Course – 4 live sessions spread over 2 weeks – October

Course Details – September 
  • Live session 1: Tuesday 25th  October– 10:30am – 13.00pm
  • Live session 2: Friday 28th October– 10:30am – 13:30pm
  • Live session 3: Tuesday 1st November– 10:30am – 13.00pm
  • Live session 4: Friday 4th November – 10:30am – 13.00pm

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an accredited training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
  • MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
  • You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.
  • You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.
  • What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma and discrimination in the world around you.

Everyone who completes the course will receive:
  • An accredited MHFA certificate
  • MHFA logo to add to your email signature
  • Access to Racing’s Support Line for support and advice
  • Posters for your workplace
  • Resources
  • MHFA Manual
  • MHFA Workbook

The Online Mental Health First Aid course is interactive and is delivered through slides, video clips, activities, discussion and case studies which you will explore as a group to embed learning.
  • This course is made up of both individual learning activities and a series of live sessions. Individual learning will be based on a combination of videos, workbook activities and reading. This can be done at your own pace in advance of each live session. The live sessions are led by one of our approved MHFA England Instructors.
Please note that the individual learning activities are mandatory and require between 1-2 hours of self-learning ahead of each live session.
  • Attendants will need a good internet connection, as well as a camera and microphone on their device. Once you have registered online you will receive your course manual and workbook approximately 10 days before your course starts, together with details on how to access the online learning hub Enabley, which gives you information about how to attend live sessions, how to access the video library and complete activities, as part of your individual learning. The link to the online learning platform Enabley will be available at least three working days before Live session 1 in order to complete your individual learning prior to the first session.
The maximum number of people per course is 12 and we can only register 2 people from an organisation on each course. The course costs £80 per person (this course, usually £300, is subsidised by Racing Welfare). Courses close three weeks before the scheduled date to allow time for the posting of books; these will be posted directly to each registrant’s address.

Online MHFA England Course – 4 live sessions spread over 2 weeks

Course Details – September 
  • Live session 1: Tuesday 20th September – 10:30am – 13.00pm
  • Live session 2: Friday 23rd September– 10:30am – 13:30pm
  • Live session 3: Tuesday 27th September– 10:30am – 13.00pm
  • Live session 4: Friday 30th September- 10:30am – 13.00pm

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an accredited training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.  
  • MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
  • You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.
  • You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.
  • What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma and discrimination in the world around you.

Everyone who completes the course will receive:
  • An accredited MHFA certificate
  • MHFA logo to add to your email signature
  • Access to Racing’s Support Line for support and advice
  • Posters for your workplace
  • Resources
  • MHFA Manual
  • MHFA Workbook

The Online Mental Health First Aid course is interactive and is delivered through slides, video clips, activities, discussion and case studies which you will explore as a group to embed learning.
  • This course is made up of both individual learning activities and a series of live sessions. Individual learning will be based on a combination of videos, workbook activities and reading. This can be done at your own pace in advance of each live session. The live sessions are led by one of our approved MHFA England Instructors.
Please note that the individual learning activities are mandatory and require between 1-2 hours of self-learning ahead of each live session.
  • Attendants will need a good internet connection, as well as a camera and microphone on their device. Once you have registered online you will receive your course manual and workbook approximately 10 days before your course starts, together with details on how to access the online learning hub Enabley, which gives you information about how to attend live sessions, how to access the video library and complete activities, as part of your individual learning. The link to the online learning platform Enabley will be available at least three working days before Live session 1 in order to complete your individual learning prior to the first session.
The maximum number of people per course is 12 and we can only register 2 people from an organisation on each course. The course costs £80 per person (this course, usually £300, is subsidised by Racing Welfare). Courses close three weeks before the scheduled date to allow time for the posting of books; these will be posted directly to each registrant’s address.

Mental Health First Aid Course – Newmarket

Course Details – August.

  • Session 1: Tuesday 22nd November– 9am – 5pm 
  • Session 2: Wednesday 23rd November– 9am – 5pm 
  • Location: The Racing Centre (Newmarket)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an accredited training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.


  • You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.
  • You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.
  • What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma and discrimination in the world around you.

Everyone who completes the course will receive:

  • An accredited MHFA certificate
  •  MHFA logo to add to your email signature
  • Access to Racing’s Support Line for support and advice
  • Posters for your workplace
  • Resources
  • MHFA Manual
  • MHFA Workbook

The maximum number of people per course is 12 and we can only register 2 people from an organisation on each course. The course costs £80 per person (this course, usually £300, is subsidised by Racing Welfare).

Mental Health First Aid Course – Lambourn

Course Details – August.

  • Session 1: Tuesday 6th September– 9am – 5pm 
  • Session 2: Wednesday 7th September – 9am – 5pm 
  • Location: Oaksey House (Lambourn)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an accredited training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.


  • You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.

  • You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.

  • What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma and discrimination in the world around you.

Everyone who completes the course will receive:

  • An accredited MHFA certificate
  •  MHFA logo to add to your email signature
  • Access to Racing’s Support Line for support and advice
  • Posters for your workplace
  • Resources
  • MHFA Manual
  • MHFA Workbook

The maximum number of people per course is 12 and we can only register 2 people from an organisation on each course. The course costs £80 per person (this course, usually £300, is subsidised by Racing Welfare).

Mental Health First Aid Course – Wincanton Racecourse

Course Details – August.

  • Session 1: Tuesday 9th August – 9am – 5pm 
  • Session 2: Wednesday 10th August – 9am – 5pm 
  • Location: Wincanton Racecourse 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an accredited training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.


You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.

You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.

What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma and discrimination in the world around you.

Everyone who completes the course will receive:

  • An accredited MHFA certificate
  •  MHFA logo to add to your email signature
  • Access to Racing’s Support Line for support and advice
  • Posters for your workplace
  • Resources
  • MHFA Manual
  • MHFA Workbook

The maximum number of people per course is 12 and we can only register 2 people from an organisation on each course. The course costs £80 per person (this course, usually £300, is subsidised by Racing Welfare).

 

The Great Racing Welfare Cycle – 16/17 July

Generously sponsored by The Jockey Club, Unibet, Racehorse Lotto and Tattersalls


We’re back with the biggest cycling challenge of the year!

Inspired by last year’s Great Racing Welfare Cycle? We have just the challenge for you!

This year we are incredibly excited to bring the next Great Racing Welfare Cycle Challenge from the home of National Hunt racing, Cheltenham Racecourse.  

The challenge is open to all, and a whole host of racing staff and personalities have already confirmed their involvement, including:

It is set up to be a fantastic day and we can’t wait to see you there!

Teams will start their challenge at 12 noon on the 16th July and leave the racecourse for an undulating, challenging, 30km, beautiful ride through the Cotswolds including climbing the imposing Cleeve Hill to enjoy the breath-taking views across Gloucestershire.  This challenge is based on a team of FOUR people, TWO will be out on the route cycling while TWO rest at the “Riders Camp” based at the racecourse.  The four riders will tag-team day and night for 24 hours finishing at noon on the 17th July, crossing the finishing line to the cheers of their friends and family.  A BBQ for all the riders and supporters will take place on the afternoon of the 17th to celebrate the incredible achievement of all of those who have taken part and supported.