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Mental Health

Mental Health

We all know how important it is to take care of our physical wellbeing.
However, it’s also vital that we look after our mental wellbeing.
If you’re feeling low, sad or stressed then Racing Welfare can help in a variety of ways.

Our Information, Advice and Guidance services are matrix accredited


Mental Health and Movement

One of the most important things we can do to help protect our mental health is regular movement. Our bodies and our minds are connected. Looking after ourselves physically also helps us prevent probl...

Manage Stress

Are you feeling stressed? You may be experiencing stress due to work commitments or issues in your personal life. Physically demanding jobs, early starts and long and/or antisocial hours synonymous wi...

What is Mental Wellbeing?

Mental wellbeing is a term used to explain how someone is feeling and how they cope with everyday activities. Mental wellbeing can vary at different times of the day, month or year and can be affected...

Top 10 Mental Health Tips

Working in the racing industry can be demanding and it is vital to take care of your mental wellbeing as well as your physical wellbeing. The Mental Health Foundation has compiled a guide of best tips...

Top Tips to Get Racing Talking

Talking to someone, whether it is about your own wellbeing or to check-in with someone else, is a positive action for mental health. If you’re not sure how to start the conversation, read on for our...

Tips For Managing Anxiety

Racing’s people share their top tips for managing anxiety. I previously suffered with anxiety and panic attacks brought on by post-natal depression.  At the time learning about anxiety and panic at...


Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and we know this can have a huge impact on our physical and mental health. In 2022 the Campaign to End Loneliness reported that almost 50% of adul...

Mental Health Courses

We all know how important it is to take care of our physical wellbeing. However, it’s also vital that we look after our mental wellbeing. If you’re feeling low, sad or stressed then racing...

About Racing’s ‘Check-in and Chat’ Service

Racing Welfare provides a telephone Check-in and Chat service for anyone in the horseracing community that feels lonely, isolated or simply in need of someone to talk to. Racing Welfare’s Check-in ...

Is Anxiety Affecting Your Life?


Are you suffering with Depression

If you or someone you know is working in or retired from racing and suffering with depression then help and support is available....

Volunteering with Racing Welfare

Volunteers are highly valuable across the charitable sector. At Racing Welfare we value the contribution made by our team of volunteers and recognise that it would be more challenging for us to achie...

Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence Domestic violence is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in an intimate relationship, marriage or family relationship...

Blog – Simon Bailey, Chaplain to Horseracing

Pastor Simon Bailey, based in Newmarket, is the National Chaplain to horseracing and provides vital emotional and spiritual support to all racing staff, their close dependants and carers and retiree...

Check-in and Chat Q&A

Regional Welfare Manager, Aimee Hockley-Righton, tells us more about Racing Welfare’s Check-in and Chat service and the positive impact it has had on those using the service.  ...

Sleep Counselling

Are you struggling to sleep? Are you struggling to get to sleep or do you find yourself waking in the night unable to get back to sleep? Whatever your sleep issue, a lack of it can affect everything ...

Sleepless in Suffolk

Racing Welfare’s Digital Marketing Manager, Parris Lane, blogs her way through sleep counselling to help cure those pesky sleepless nights. Read her experience of the NHS-accredited sleep progra...

Blog – Lucy Baker – Telephone Support

Racing’s Support Line...


What is Bullying? Bullying is a form of abuse that can occur anywhere, for example, in your community, at work or in your own home. If you work in the horseracing industry and are being bullied, do no...


What is harassment?...

Suicidal thoughts

Several factors can put a person at risk for attempting suicide:...


What is self-harm?  ...

Coping with Bereavement

Experiencing the loss of someone close to us through death is an inevitable part of life but that does not make it any easier when we experience it. Adjusting to life without the person who has died...

Get help for drug addiction

Drug addiction is one of the most common types of addiction and one with overwhelming effects. Drugs contain chemicals which have an intense effect on the brain and can result in addiction spiralling ...

Get help for alcohol addiction

Addiction to alcohol can have a devastating effect on your life and those around you. If someone loses control over their drinking and has an excessive desire to drink this is known as alcoholism or a...

Get help for gambling addiction

Gambling is an activity closely linked to horse racing and we are here to offer non-judgemental and helpful support if you feel your gambling habits are becoming a problem....

About Addiction

Addiction is the lack of control over a particular behaviour to the point where it could be harmful to you. It is closely linked to mental and physical health problems and can have a profound effect o...

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses which can affect anyone; both men and women, of all ages. Eating disorders involve unhealthy eating habits which can take over your life – you may ...


If you work in or have worked in the Thoroughbred racing or breeding industry and you need to talk to someone then Racing Welfare can help....

Blog – Lucy Baker on stress and work/life balance

We have asked staff from across the racing industry to explore some of the services on offer through Racing’s Support Line which is now delivered in partnership with Care first. In part one of the s...



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