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BGA launches Grooms Minds online resource

On World Mental Health Day, 10 October, the British Grooms Association (BGA) launched Grooms Minds online which has eight areas to support mental health including a mental wellbeing checker, self-help zone, video scripts and real life case studies.

The BGA has developed these online resources in response to its survey last year which revealed that over 70% of grooms have been bullied (including being the recipient of derogatory comments) within the workplace, either by their employer or by fellow workers and 83% of grooms who responded are suffering from stress and/or mental wellbeing problems.

Mental Health is a subject which many people are still not keen to talk about, however it is clear there is an overwhelming issue within the industry and we are here to help support you.

Just 12 months on, the BGA now has a strong message of ‘You are not alone.’ For so many grooms this will become invaluable and life changing.

Sylvia Bruce, a mental health in the workplace consultant who helped develop the web pages commented: “Grooms Minds is vitally important because it promotes the principle of talking mental health matters and encourages members’ mental health awareness and confidence.

In addition it will enhance the profession, industry brand and reputation; aspiring to create more empathic, compassionate and supportive working environments thus attracting, engaging and retaining the best talent – surely a win/win for everyone involved.”

In May 2018 the BGA launched the Groom’s Minds Support Line – supported by Racing Welfare, a telephone helpline for BGA members. The Groom’s Minds Support Line offers a 24 hour, 7 days a week service, with a trained helper always ready to talk.

The Grooms Minds online project has been generously supported by British Dressage, British Showjumping, British Eventing, the British Horse Society, the Pony Club and World Horse Welfare.

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