Racing Welfare is committed to ensuring that racing’s workforce can access mental health and wellbeing support services when required, free of charge and without lengthy waiting lists. All of our Welfare Officers have received Mental Health First Aid training, or will do so within their first year in post. They are able to provide information and advice to people regarding mental health support and counselling options.
Many of our team have counselling skills training, Counselling Diplomas and Diplomas in Welfare Studies and so are highly trained to listen and respond to a range of individual needs. Racing Welfare became signatories to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation in May 2016.
Racing Welfare helps people to access telephone counselling, traditional face-to-face counselling and online counselling through the ‘Silver Cloud’ online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). We also provide support, advice and counselling relating to addiction. Asking for help with mental health and wellbeing can be hard at first, however we offer a range of contact methods through Racing’s Support Line to ensure that people can get in touch in a way that they find most comfortable.