Racing pros assured mental health support is available after Treadwell tragedy

Mental health support is available for horse racing professionals following the death of Liam Treadwell, a leading charity has advised.

The Injured Jockeys' Fund joined the Professional Jockeys Association to state how guidance could be sought in the industry, as it mourns the Grand National-winning jockey.

Treadwell, who won the 2009 Grand National on rank outsider Mon Mome, had used his experience to help others, featuring in a series of 'Jockey Matters' videos focusing on wellbeing.

"Help and support is available for anyone who has been affected by this tragic news or is struggling with any mental wellbeing issue," said the statement from the IJF and PJA.

"PJA members past and present can obtain support through the PJA or the IJF.

"They or someone they know can either speak to the PJA or IJF or they can contact the PJA’s provider of counselling services, Sporting Chance directly on the 0778 000 8877, which is manned 24/7.

"The PJA will fund any support required.

"Anyone else within racing who has been affected or who is struggling can contact the Racing Welfare helpline on 0800 6300 443.

"Samaritans are also available and can be contacted on 116 123."

In one video, about concussion, Treadwell described how he spent around six months on the sidelines after it built up following several falls.

He retired in February 2018, citing a fall two years earlier as the primary factor behind the decision.

But Treadwell made a successful comeback while working as trainer Alistair Ralph's assistant- and rode ten winners last season.

In a lengthy and successful career, the well-liked rider had more than 300 successes, many for one of his main employers Venetia Williams.

The IJF and PJA statement added: "Liam will forever be remembered for winning the Grand National in 2009 on the 100/1 shot Mon Mome, trained by Venetia Williams. He was a gifted horseman, valued by racehorse trainers for both this and his communication skills.

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"He was polite, funny, kind and brave, having spoken passionately and eloquently about his mental health issues both in the press but also in our own ‘Jockey Matters’ films.

"It is devastating that this has happened, and our thoughts are prayers and with Liam’s family, friends and everyone who knew and supported him."

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