Help with Gambling
DCMS research that shows 86% of gamblers have reported no change in their gambling, however a Gambling Commission report has shown: Overall gamblers claim to be playing products at the same rate or less. However, a majority of those who have participated in three or more gambling activities in the last four weeks claim to be spending more time or money on at least one product.
This highlights that problem gamblers are at risk of a downward spiral if made redundant, which makes it more important than ever to reach out to their support networks and keep on top of their gambling.
GamCare is the leading national provider of information, advice, support and free treatment for anyone affected by problem gambling. Our expert services are confidential and non-judgemental.
The National Gambling HelpLine, run by GamCare, is free to call on 0808 8020 133 or people can chat to an Adviser on our NetLine (www.gamcare.org.uk/frontline-services/netline). We provide live, confidential, one-to-one information, advice and emotional support, plus we can signpost to further sources of specialist help, including our treatment services across the UK.
Our HelpLine and NetLine services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Advisers are specifically trained and can discuss what options are available, and they can offer coping strategies to those who want to change their gambling behaviour.
Our online Forum and Chat Rooms (www.gamcare.org.uk/forum) are available to anyone who wants to share their experiences. Threads include an area for new members, for supporting a problem gambler, recovery diaries, and information about Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon meetings.
We also offer individual face-to-face and online treatment – see www.gamcare.org.uk/support-and-treatment/free-treatment for more information.
GamChange – Computerised CBT. Support service users to work independently though eight self-paced online modules focussing on different topics. At the end of each module there will be weekly follow-up phone calls with therapists to discuss progress and any questions. All service users will have access to an online forum which will allow them to exchange thoughts and experiences with others in recovery. Available to all 18+ and will need access to email, internet and computer/tablet
Services for Young People
BigDeal is GamCare’s information website for young people who want to know more about gambling or who are affected by problem gambling – see www.bigdeal.org.uk
This partnership brings together a combination of tools and support that will help those suffering from gambling harm.
Three leading organisations who offer vital support to those suffering from gambling harm have come together to offer a free combination of:
- Support and treatment via GamCare’s National Gambling Helpline, available on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or via web chat
- Gamban blocking software that can block gambling sites and apps on up to 15 devices
- GAMSTOP registration – the national online self-exclusion scheme for UK gambling sites, blocking direct marketing too
This partnership is between GamCare, GAMSTOP and Gam ban, funded by the Gambling Commission for 12 months, and aims to provide tools and support which can help someone stop gambling and maintain a successful recovery from gambling related harms.
Find out more at gamcare.org.uk