Racing Welfare will announce the findings of its industry-wide mental health research at a launch event on Monday 13th May at Royal Windsor Racecourse, coinciding with the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. The study, undertaken on the charity’s behalf by Liverpool John Moores University in association with The Racing Foundation, is expected to shape the structure of mental health support within racing going forwards.
Racing Welfare will present the findings and recommendations of the research to an audience of industry stakeholders, press and representatives from other sports outside of racing and from the wider charitable sector. The key themes will be discussed by a panel of experts during the session, which will be live-streamed on Racing Welfare’s website and social media channels from 2pm – 3.15pm. The charity is hugely grateful for the support of The Racing Foundation, LJMU, the British Horseracing Authority, Arena Racing Company and the National Trainers Federation in making the event possible.
Will McConn, Postgraduate Researcher at LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, commented
Conducted over the course of 2018, the research looked at the relationship between working in racing and mental health, and covered every profession in the industry including both core and auxiliary roles. The full report will be publicly available on Racing Welfare’s website from 2pm on Monday.
Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, said
The event marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, a national initiative organised by the Mental Health Foundation which runs from 13th – 19th May. As per 2018, Racing Welfare will lead racing’s response to the campaign, which looks to break down the stigma associated with mental health and encourage those who may be struggling to seek help. Racing Welfare representatives will be present at every race meeting during the week and will be handing out green ribbons to all those working on course during the day, including stable staff leading up in each race, in a mass show of solidarity. Furthermore, the charity has produced a campaign film which will be shown at every meeting and across its social channels throughout the week.