Welcome to the Racing Victoria Trainers’ wellbeing portal. This portal has been created to offer up-to-date information on key areas of concern or interest, as raised by the Victorian thoroughbred training community.

The portal will be updated regularly and trainers, stable employees and their families are welcome at any time to contact us for further information or ideas.

Thoroughbred trainers and stable employees bring an incredible amount of commitment and passion to the racing industry. However, at times the demands, challenges and pressures of work can impact an individual’s overall well being, including mental health.

The information on this page is designed to provide a greater understanding of depression and anxiety, with information about resources to support both participants, their family and co-workers.

Potential stresses of the Racing Industry
Working in the racing industry presents unique challenges and demands. These can impact on your mental health in a variety of ways.

Listed below are some of the potential stresses that trainers and stable employees are exposed to:
  • Financial stress, e.g. debt recovery, income difficulties, fee structures
  • Competitive work industry
  • Physical injuries
  • Lack of work life balance - early starts, long hours
  • Fatigue
  • Job insecurity
  • Divorce or separation
  • Absue of alcohol or drugs
Important things to remember
If you are having a tough time, it is important to:
  • Tell others that you are struggling
  • Accept support from friends and family
  • Exercise and eat well
  • Get enough sleep
  • Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs
  • Avoid excessive gambling
  • Access financial support
  • Speak with your doctor