Healthy Minds, which is provided by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, is self-referral service for local people experiencing more common issues such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression.
All race names during the day were linked to mental health and jockeys wore orange armbands in support of the Trust’s ‘Now Were Talking’ campaign, set up to raise awareness of the Healthy Minds service, and to encourage people to open up and talk about their mental wellbeing.
Figures released by Racing Welfare estimate that within the racing industry almost 87% of jockeys are currently experiencing “stress, anxiety or depression”, or have experienced one or more of these during the last 12 months.
Rebecca Davies, Executive Director of Hereford & Worcester Racecourses, said: “We are proud to be working with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust to raise awareness of the support available. We hope this partnership will bring information and hope to anyone that may currently be experiencing mental health difficulties. We, like so many in racing, were saddened by three deaths within our sport earlier this year and anything we can do to raise awareness of the help and support available to people in Herefordshire and beyond is a step in the right direction”
Dawn Stallard, from Healthy Minds, said: “Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting. We all experience mental health difficulties from time to time and its ok to reach out and ask for help and support. It is really important that people seek the support they need as soon as they need it.The Healthy Minds service has lots of support from self-help materials through to more traditional counselling and we’d encourage anyone who is struggling to pick up the phone or email us.”
Since its launch the ‘Now We’re Talking’ the campaign has worked with lots of local business and organisations to raise awareness. If you or your company would like to be involved you can contact Alice.Linley@nhs.net
You can self-refer to Healthy Minds by visiting www.healthyminds.whct.nhs.uk you can also follow the campaign on Twitter @NowWereTalking_ and on Facebook @NowWereTalkingHW
Worcestershire Healthy Minds – 0300 302 13 13
Herefordshire Healthy Minds – 01432 347 606
(Monday to Friday 9am-5pm exc Bank Holidays)
24 hour urgent mental health support: 01905 681 915