Racing's Support Line

Racing Welfare's 24 hour helpline enables people to access support and guidance through digital, telephone and SMS text options

Looking after your Mental Wellbeing

August 2nd, 2021

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 […]

5 Steps for Better Mental Wellbeing

August 2nd, 2021

Mental wellbeing means feeling good (about yourself and the world around you) and functioning well. Here are 5 steps to help improve your wellbeing: 1. CONNECT Good relationships – with family, friends and our wider communities – are important for our mental wellbeing. Relationships build a sense of belonging and self-worth. With this in mind, […]

Suicidal thoughts

August 2nd, 2021

  Several factors can put a person at risk for attempting suicide: Previous suicide attempt(s)  History of depression or other mental illness  Alcohol or drug abuse  Family history of suicide or violence Physical illness  Feeling alone Any change in someone’s life can trigger or increase the risk: An accident or illness resulting in a change […]

Suffering with Anxiety

August 2nd, 2021

What is General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)? If you or someone you know is working in or retired from racing and suffering with anxiety then we are here to help you and support you. Anxiety is often related to the ‘fight or flight’ response and can be a normal biological reaction. We all experience anxiety at times and it’s […]

Counselling

August 2nd, 2021

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. There are times when we all need someone to talk to, particularly when life gets too much.  Despite having supportive networks of close family and friends it can still be hard to […]

Manage Stress

August 2nd, 2021

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 with the racing industry may add to your stress levels. There are ways you can manage your stress and we are here to offer you […]

Practice Self-Care

August 2nd, 2021

Self-care is a concept which has soared in popularity in recent years and has seen people of all ages seeking mental and physical health improvements through small, affordable pleasures and day-to-day practices which fit into a busy lifestyle. Mindfulness, meditation and digital detoxes are typical examples of self-care. Self-care originated from medical professionals teaching patients […]

Are you suffering with Depression

August 2nd, 2021

  If you or someone you know is working in or retired from racing and suffering with depression then help and support is available. It is important to know that depression is not a sign of weakness or something you can easily ‘snap out of’ by ‘pulling yourself together’. The positive news is that with the […]

Volunteering with Racing Welfare

August 3rd, 2021

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 achieve our aims without their support. We strive to ensure that every Volunteer’s experience is both enjoyable and fulfilling and that they feel welcome, […]

Blog – Simon Bailey, Chaplain to Horseracing

August 3rd, 2021

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 retirees. If you need support with a life event or you need a listening ear, you can arrange a friendly chat with Simon. Fellow pastors Louise Brown and Nigel Johnson […]