Looking after your Mental Wellbeing
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. This is something that can be easily neglected, sometimes out of fear of speaking out.
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. According to The Mental Health Foundation 'nearly 3 in every 10 employees will have a mental health problem in any one year - the great majority of which will be anxiety and depressive disorders'.
Health and Safety Executive statistics show that 15.4 million working days were lost in 2017/18 due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety and 595,000 workers suffered from these mental health problems. A total of 44% of all work-related, ill-health issues were down to stress, depression and anxiety. The main factor contributing to work-related stress was workload pressures. For more on workplace absence see our occupational health page.
You can listen to our podcast featuring Sports Psychologist Michael Caulfield who gives his top tips on looking after your wellbeing and trainer Jo Davis speaks honestly and openly about her mental health issues and how she looks after her own mental wellbeing:
Understanding mental wellbeing
If you're feeling low, sad or stressed then Racing Welfare can help in a variety of ways, but it might help to understand more about mental wellbeing. When your mental wellbeing is good then you can feel confident, express a range of emotions, feel engaged with society and are able to have positive relationships with others. You can live well and go to work and can generally cope well with the ups and downs of everyday life.
However, it is more common than people think to experience periods of time when your mental wellbeing is low such as feeling sad, stressed or finding it difficult to cope with life. Sometimes this can be triggered by events such as bereavement, loneliness or relationship breakdown.
"Sometimes there isn't always an obvious reason for why you are feeling low. Some people will be more susceptible to periods of feeling low or suffering from poor mental wellbeing."
You may have experienced or be experiencing any of the below:
- childhood abuse, trauma, violence or neglect
- social isolation, loneliness or discrimination
- homelessness or poor housing
- a long-term physical health condition
- social disadvantage, poverty or debt
- caring for a family member or friend
- significant trauma as an adult, such as military combat, being involved in a serious accident or being the victim of a violent crime
You are more likely to develop a mental health problem if your wellbeing has been low for an extended period of time. You are more likely to suffer with periods of low mental wellbeing if you already have a mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. However, you can still manage your condition and your life with periods of good wellbeing with understanding and support.
How to get help
If you are concerned that you or someone you know is suffering from low wellbeing and/or a mental health problem then you can contact us by:
- calling us on 0800 6300 443
- Speaking to a trained counsellor here
You may also find the following information helpful:
You can also download our '5 steps for better mental wellbeing' booklet for your personal use or your organisation's use.
There are a number of websites where you can seek advice including:
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