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04 May 2021

Now We’re Talking Raceday promotes mental health support in Worcestershire

Worcester Racecourse is working with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust to help raise awareness of mental health support throughout Worcestershire. 

The ‘Now We’re Talking Raceday’ on Thursday 6th May is a partnership between the racecourse and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust aiming to raise awareness of local mental health support across Worcestershire.  Healthy Minds is a self-referral service for local people aged 16+ experiencing common mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression.  

Richard Johnson, four times Champion Jockey and recently appointed ARC Ambassador says: “The pressure on jockeys these days is enormous, not helped by social media.  You can see that everyone in the Weighing Room gets effected by it at times and this initiative is a great idea to raise the profile of mental health suffering within racing.”

Rebecca Davies, Executive Director of Worcester Racecourse, added: “Following the success of working together at Hereford last season, we are thrilled at Worcester to be working with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust on the Now We’re Talking Raceday to raise awareness of the mental health support available. 

“For too long people have suffered in silence around mental health and we hope this partnership will bring information and hope to anyone that may currently be suffering.  Anything we can do to raise awareness of the help and support available to people in Worcestershire and beyond is a step in the right direction, and the race titles alone on the day will all aim at doing this.”

“There are many situations in a person’s life which can lead to stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, and sometimes there are no obvious causes but starting a conversation with someone and seeking help can make a big difference,” stressed Dawn Stallard, Healthy Minds Team Lead.

“We are delighted to be supporting Worcester Racecourse, mental health difficulties don’t discriminate, they can and do affect anyone. We have lots of support to offer from self-help materials through to more traditional talking therapies and we’d encourage anyone who is struggling to pick up the phone and contact us or visit www.nowweretalking.nhs.uk

Race Titles

The races on Thursday 6th May will be called:

  • The Mental Health Matters Steeplechase
  • The Ask The Loud One If They’re OK Handicap Steeplechase
  • The Let’s Talk Handicap Steeplechase         
  • The Mental Health Awareness Handicap Hurdle
  • The Life Is Tough So Are You Mares’ Maiden Hurdle
  • The Make Your Mental Health A Priority Handicap Hurdle
  • The Stand Up To Mental Health Stigma Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
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