Friday Video from SmartPak: The Bright Side of Life

Have you checked in with yourself – and with your loved ones – lately? It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and there’s no time like the present to make sure that everyone is, well, okay. Mental health struggles are often hidden ones, particularly in the equestrian industry, which places an enormous value on toughness and work ethic. To admit that you’re struggling might feel like admitting that you’re weak, or that you’re not up to the job – but that’s not the case, nor is it the case for the 1 in 4 people who are going through the same thing.

Though it might not be eventing themed, we love Racing Welfare’s powerful, poignant video, which highlights just how much can lurk beneath the surface of an outwardly happy exterior. If you’re feeling down, or stressed, or sad, you don’t have to try to bury it – admitting you need a bit of extra support or help can be one of the bravest things you’ll ever do. Keep an eye on your barn friends, colleagues, and fellow competitors, too. Sometimes, all they need to know is that there’s someone there.

Have a great weekend, gang. Look out for yourselves – and for each other … and Go Eventing.