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Mental Health Awareness Week Equine Productions
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16th May 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week


As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (13th – 19th May 2019), Equine Productions produced a short film on behalf of Racing Welfare to show the potential variety of mental health issues within the racing industry.

The film seeks to highlight how common mental health issues are – with one in four of us potentially affected.

The idea behind the film was the result of joint creative sessions with the Racing Welfare team, and led to the use of graphics to illustrate how people could be affected from all sections of the racing industry.

Filmed on a race day with the kind permission of Newbury Racecourse, the film offers a snap-shot of various racing roles – from jockey to trainer, to photographer and bartender – attempting to illustrate how any one of us may struggle with mental health at any one time.

The viewer is taken on a journey between different areas of the racecourse, slowing down to focus on individual roles – with the volunteers highlighted with red markers – showing the different kinds of mental health issue each person could, in theory, be facing.

Huge thanks to Newbury Racecourse for its support in making this film, and to the wonderful staff members, racing people and public, who allowed us to film them at work, helping to highlight this vital area. 

Since the film’s launch on Monday, we have been delighted with the response from the public, with the film shared and retweeted hundreds of times leading to many thousands of views.

The film was also shown at the launch of an industry-wide mental health research report, a study undertaken on Racing Welfare’s behalf by Liverpool John Moore’s University, in association with The Racing Foundation. The launch event can be viewed here.

Thank you to Racing Welfare for entrusting Equine Productions to produce a piece of such importance. #ItsOkNotToBeOk