Funded through Horse Racing Ireland's Industry Education and Training Department, EQUUIP–the services offered through the Industry Assistance Programme (IAP)–have been re-configured to an Individual Assistance Programme and expanded to provide a racing and breeding specific support network. The IAP, offering support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year via phone and online chat, is confidential and free to use.
The programme offers a wide variety of services including emotional support, financial advice, legal information, bereavement counseling and medical information. Originally launched in 2016, the IAP is available to anyone working in the Irish racing or breeding industry.
Additionally, users have access to 'My Healthy Advantage'–a comprehensive health and well-being app that gives users access to a range of features, aimed at improving health and well-being, including live chat and support, personalised news feed, weekly mood tracker, four-week plans, mini health checks and breathing techniques.
Access the 24-hour helpline on 1-800 313 661 or visit www.equuip.ie