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New Initiative 'Racing Mates' Set For Launch
Racing NSW yesterday announced the establishment of a new peer support program called 'Racing Mates'. The main objective of the Racing Mates program is to empower 'mates to look out for mates'. "Looking after the mental health of our participants in New South Wales has been an area we have concentrated on over the past few years and Racing Mates is a further tool we will be using," said Racing NSW's Chief Executive, Peter V'landys. "Racing Mates is more than just a hotline or a counsellor, it's about mates supporting mates at a time when it's most needed. Research shows most people are more likely to reach out to a close and trusted peer if they are apprehensive in calling an anonymous person on a hotline." He added: "The initiative has come from NSW Trainers Association's Chief Executive, Steve McMahon. If Steve's initiative saves one life, it will be worth every dollar we will be putting into it."