While most players will never experience problem gambling, for some gamblers, the fun stops, and the harm begins. If you or someone you care about requires help, there are many ways to receive it.
The National Gambling Treatment Service is a network of organisations dedicated to address the possible negative impacts of gambling on individuals and communities in the UK. These offer an array of services including prevention initiatives (GAM STOP, GamBan), education (RAiG), support (GamCare), and treatment (BeGambleAware, Gambling Therapy) for those who might be affected by gambling-related harm. These organisations help identify, treat, and follow through with those affected. As is their policy, accredited betting companies will respond to your concerns. Players can also opt to self-exclude. This act puts measures in place to prevent them from visiting casinos, bookmakers, gambling websites and apps.
You may also look at using website blockers and placing banking restrictions on your accounts.
Additionally, The National Gambling Treatment Service’s network of organisations provides 24/7, free, confidential advice and support for individuals experiencing gambling-related problems and those impacted by someone else’s gambling. See organisations below.
It can be scary deciding to make a change even if you know you need to! Never be afraid to ask for help.