Supporting our People


Looking after our mental wellbeing at this time is really important.  

If you are finding things really hard, remember that you are not alone.

RDA is a close-knit community. We are all missing our sessions – and our riders, volunteers, friends and horses.

We are in challenging and unusual times, and many of us are experiencing difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions. We may have worries about becoming ill ourselves – or about a loved one becoming sick – or be experiencing loneliness or even fear due to isolation. Some may have financial worries, or are just feeling hopeless and low about when the coronavirus pandemic might end.

It is OK to feel afraid, sad or desperate – this is not your fault.

It’s important to remember that this won’t last forever.


Would you or someone you know benefit from someone to talk to, in confidence?

Where can I go to for immediate help and support?

You can call:

Samaritans on 116 123 or CALM on 0800 585858

You can text:

FREE 24/7 text help and support on 85258 at Shout

For children and young people:  

Call Childline on 0800 1111 or PAPYRUS (young suicide prevention) HOPELINE: 0800 068 4141


Useful links for further support – for you, or someone you know

Here are some links to further organisations that have some excellent advice on ways to cope and boost your mental wellbeing, and importantly where you can speak to someone in confidence about how you are feeling, and difficulties that you or someone you know are experiencing

Please don’t forget to share this information with members of the wider RDA community, to ensure that others also have the opportunity to access information which may help them, in these unprecedented times.


In addition, Coaches may find these sources of information helpful:

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Page Last Updated: June 25, 2024