Rewards4Racing partner receives Mental Health funding

Racing Welfare, the charity supporting the workforce of British horse racing, has received over £62,000 in funding to help commission a Mental Health research project.

Rewards4Racing’s charity partners now have extra help to fully assess the mental health and wellbeing of those working within the industry.

Each time a member completes an online shopping transaction via the Rewards4Racing website, Racing Welfare receive a donation. This means that thousands of Rewards4Racing members are in turn helping the sport just through their everyday purchases.

The research for the project will be conducted by Liverpool John Moore’s University and the study, which will take place over twelve months, also has the full support of the British Horseracing Authority.

Racing Welfare is committed to ensuring that racing’s workforce can access appropriate mental health and wellbeing support when required and without lengthy waiting lists. 

The charity already offers a range of services to support mental health including telephone and online counselling via Racing’s Support Line and face to face counselling arranged through our welfare teams.
The study will include stud staff, stable staff, racecourse staff, groundsmen, jockeys and stalls handlers as well as employers and other key stakeholders within the Horseracing and Breeding Industry. 

No research regarding mental health has been conducted in the industry at this scale before and it is likely that it will provide new insights that will benefit the industry as a whole. 

The findings of the study will be used to aid Racing Welfare in the development of its mental health support services as well as contributing to the racing industry’s wider mental health strategy. 

The study will make recommendations regarding a holistic mental health service (inclusive of addiction issues) to be made available on fully-accessible and national basis for everyone working within the horseracing industry.

by Matt Gibbs at Rewards4Racing

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