BEF backs World Mental Health Day 2018

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is supporting World Mental Health Day (10 October) to help raise awareness of mental health issues and help signpost people to where they can receive support.

World Mental Health Day was founded by the World Federation of Mental Health and the aim for this year is to focus on young people and those in the early years of adulthood.

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The BEF has pulled together a mental health working group who have signed up to the Sport & Recreation Alliance Mental Health Charter. The working group have pulled together an action plan and they will look into ways to improve mental health in the workplace and what extra resources can be made available to those on the World Class Programme.

The BEF will also be helping to raise awareness today by spreading messages across its online platforms, helping to direct people to services and resources where they can find out more information. 

Mind is one of a number of mental health charities in the UK who provide advice and support to people who are dealing with mental health problems. Along with information on mental health and stories from people who have dealt with or are dealing with mental health problems, Mind has a network of local mind groups who help to deliver mental health services across England and Wales.

For more information on Mind and the work they do, visit:

Today the British Grooms Association (BGA) have also launched Grooms Minds online, following on from the creation of Grooms Minds last year, a web based resource which has eight areas to support mental health including a mental wellbeing checker, self-help zone, video scripts and real life case studies.

Read more on Grooms Minds Online

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