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14 May 2019

Racing Welfare launch mental health study to kick off Mental Health Awareness Week

To coincide with the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the charity Racing Welfare presented the results of their report on mental health in horseracing at Royal Windsor Racecourse on May 13th in front of a packed room of cross-industry representatives and related outside organisations.

The 14-month study brings together a set of recommendations for the sport to digest and begin tackling. Will McConn-Palfreyman from John Moores University in Liverpool presented the key findings and recommendations, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Alice Plunkett. Simone Sear, Director of Welfare for Racing Welfare, National Hunt Trainer Lawney Hill, Will Lambe (BHA Executive Director) and Davie from the Mental Health Foundation discussed the findings and answered a range of questions from the attendees.

Ed Davie spoke later about the report’s findings in the context of the wider population, and how racing might address some of the key factors that support good mental health.

The full Racing Welfare Report can be found here: https://racingwelfare.co.uk/mental-health-research-report/

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