In the recent NTF newsletter we referred to a workshop on mental health being organised by the BHA and facilitated by Mind. We were very pleased to participate and it was interesting that the crucial role trainers play as employers was acknowledged.
One of our aims at the workshop was to make sure the needs of trainers are not forgotten in the strategy for mental health support in racing. To that end, we are liaising with Will McConn, who is conducting the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) 12-month study on mental health. Our plan is for Will to contact trainers for informal conversations so he can learn more about the aspects of mental health that affect trainer.
The study’s aims are:
a) assess the current mental health needs of the horseracing industry workforce;
b) identify appropriate support mechanisms and
c) make recommendations around the delivery of holistic support.
The focus is on the front line, equine facing, people such as stable employees, jockeys, trainers, etc. Data is being collected through interviews (April-May), focus groups around the country (May-Oct), and also via an electronic questionnaire (Oct – Jan 2019). The aim is to get a sense of the breadth and depth of mental health challenges. If you are interested in participating in this research, please contact Rupert Arnold or Will McConn on W.J.McConn@ljmu.ac.uk or 07501 9500 10