Currently there are 19 million riders in the UK. Given 1 in 4 people in UK will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, a large proportion of riders at some point will experience a mental health problem, whether directly or indirectly.
Riders Minds CIC is a bespoke, comprehensive, freely available, on-line resource dedicated to supporting and improving the mental health of all horse riders.
To remove the stigma of speaking out by raising mental health awareness, understanding, and confidence amongst all riders.
The community will benefit by being able to speak up more freely about their own mental health. There will be more of a compassionate approach throughout the equestrian community of all horse riders. The general public and communities beyond the equestrian community should also benefit from the ripple effect of riders’ improved mental health awareness and confidence.
To provide guidance, support and help by creating Riders Minds: an extensive, user-friendly, online mental health and well-being resource. This free to all website will:
|To provide and host a Riders Minds helpline that is accessible to all riders.
The equestrian community will benefit by having a hosted helpline managed by the same call centre as Mind, Help for Heroes and Racing Welfare.
Riders Minds was formed in 2019, the brainchild of 5* event rider Matt Wright and his wife Victoria, Director of Caunton Manor Stud.
Matt openly shares his mental ill health struggles, regularly blogging about his experiences to raise mental health awareness and understanding.
His courageous openness, encouraged other riders to come forward and Victoria and Matt quickly recognised the need for a resource of some kind, that could offer mental health and well-being support, guidance and information for all riders.
Matt, Victoria and Lucy Katan, CEO of the British Grooms Association and Equestrian Employers Association met. Their collective eureka moment inspired the creation and formation of Riders Minds.
Riders Minds is freely available and open to all. There is no membership fee.
Riders Minds is a signatory of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.
Created by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, the Professional Players Federation and Mind the vision for The Mental Health Charter is to embed mental health within sport and recreation to create a culture shift that removes the stigma around mental health.