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No obligation, no demands, no stigma – just help when you need it

  • PJA CONFIDENTIAL HELPLINE – In partnership with Cognacity

The PJA confidential helpline has been set up in partnership with Cognacity for jockeys who would like to talk to a professional counsellor and therapist in absolute confidence.

Cognacity are recognised as the UK’s leading provider of confidential counselling in elite / professional sport covering Football, Cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Rowing and Athletics.  And now Racing.

If you are struggling with a personal issue such as drink, drugs or gambling dependency, family issues, bereavement, depression or anything else that may be affecting your race riding and your life in general, help is just a phone call away.Cognacity_Logo_Primary

  • Free confidential help and support when and where you need it.
  • Experienced, professional counsellors and therapists and life coaches who understand the pressures of your profession.

The helpline doesn’t have to be the first port of call. You could chat to the PJA or a colleague and be put directly in touch with help. If you’re in real danger, then we’ll have somebody with you within hours.

The first call is just the start. Face-to-face meetings as close to your home, or at home, will follow as soon as a need is ascertained.


Frequently Asked Questions.

When was the Helpline set up?

August 2015

Why was the Helpline set up?

To provide confidential support 24 hours a day, where necessary, for current professional jockeys, to help them with everyday issues/problems and to ensure that a PJA member has the comfort of knowing that there will always be someone to talk to should the need arise.

Who can call the Helpline?

Licensed professional Jockeys who are members of the PJA and retired jockeys who previously held a full licence.

Can a specialist come and see you?

In some cases that is possible, depending on your location and urgency.

What might be a typical reason for calling the Helpline?

  •        Coping with bereavement or illness
  •        Depression
  •        Anxiety
  •        Addictions – dependency on alcohol or drugs
  •        Personal relationship issues
  •        Gambling related issues.

How much does it cost?

Licensed PJA members have free access to the confidential helpline.  Further, if a treatment plan is recommended PJA members will get the initial session and four further sessions as part of their membership.  Retired jockeys who previously held a full licence will have free access to the confidential helpline and the PJA will pay for any initial assessment session that is recommended.  If further sessions are required the individual will be able to pay for those themselves or an application for support can be made to the IJF, who will treat each application on a case by case basis. 

Can it help for sports psychology related problems and technical problems within sport?

It is not specifically set up for these types of issues. Many individuals use sports psychologists for these areas and as such a specialist should be sought.

Don’t delay a call. There is no such thing as a time waster with this service


  •  0844 800 6873 (UK CALLS)
  • +44 (0) 1373 858080 (INTERNATIONAL) 

or speak to a member of the PJA Team or your IJF Almoner.


You can also book an appointment with a Sport Psychologist at the IJF’s Rehabilitation Centres, Oaksey House and Jack Berry House.

For performance related matters, you can contact the PJA’s Performance Consultant Aodhagan Conlon. Aodhagan was previously a Jump Jockey and is based in Gloucestershire but is available for telephone/skype consultations if you are unable to travel to meet him.

Tel: 07815 016900 or Email: aodhaganconlon@hotmail.com