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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Racing Welfare’s 2021 Mental Health Awareness Week Campaign more important than ever in the time of COVID

“Mental Health Awareness Week is a hugely important campaign for us and the industry as a whole and we are proud to lead the initiative on behalf of racing again this year.  I hope that the week raises awareness of the help available through Racing Welfare and that anyone in need of support feels able to get in touch with us. 

“I would encourage everyone who works in the sport to complete the Industry Wellbeing Survey.  This is a fantastic opportunity to have your say and shape the future of workplaces right across the industry.”

Dawn Goodfellow, Racing Welfare CEO

Racing Welfare has today announced plans for their 2021 Mental Health Awareness Week campaign, beginning on Monday 10th May.  We are proud to be leading the racing industry’s response to the national initiative which is run by the Mental Health Foundation and which this year follows the theme of Nature.

Mental Health Awareness Week aims to highlight the importance of thinking about your own wellbeing as well as those around you and also aims to promote open conversations on all aspects of mental health.  Racing Welfare’s campaign also raises awareness of the mental health services we offer, which have only become more important during the pandemic. 

We have seen first hand the effect of Covid-19 on the mental health of the industry’s workforce and by the end of 2020, there had been a 153% year on year increase in the Mental Health Support we offered.  Calls to Racing’s Support Line for mental health issues were our top call type for the year, seeing a 22% increase from 2019 and grants provided for mental health treatment increased by 99% in 2020.

Tying into the Mental Health Foundation’s theme of Nature, we will be delivering a digital campaign throughout the week highlighting the importance of engaging with the natural world to benefit your mental health.  A new video, produced in conjunction with Equine Productions and the staff at Andrew Balding’s Kingsclere training operation, has also be released.

Our campaign will also be highlighting the important Industry Wellbeing Survey that closes on Sunday 16th May.  The survey, which was recently launched by the Industry Wellbeing Committee, is setting out to compile crucial baseline data on the wellbeing of the sport’s entire workforce.  The results of the survey will be fundamental in enabling real improvement in the health and wellbeing of racing’s people going forward, by informing the wellbeing strategy and the kind of support which will be provided to employers and employees alike.  Anyone working in any role within the industry can fill out the survey here: https://horseracingindustry.gooddayatwork.co.uk/Login.aspx. Everyone who completes the survey will also receive their own 15 page personalised wellbeing report.

Make sure you are following us on social media @RacingWelfare to see all the fantastic content we have coming up this week and if you feel that you could benefit with some support with your mental health, you can call Racing’s Support Line 24/7 and in complete confidence on 0800 6300 443 or click HERE to find a wealth of information and advice.