Supporting those most vulnerable to problem gambling during the ongoing lockdown, a number of helplines – including GamCare – have launched the #readytotalk campaign.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of problem gambling support services at a time when people are most vulnerable, encouraging individuals to reach out and speak about their issues confidentially.
Anna Hemmings, Chief Executive of GamCare, said: “With lockdown easing, people have the chance to look up and take stock, to deal with the issues that may have been put to one side. We know that addictions, and gambling problems specifically, can be aggravated by feelings of isolation and distress that have been so prevalent through lockdown.
“We want people to know we are here to help and ready to listen whenever they are ready to talk. It is great to have support services and helplines united in their desire to help people across the country, especially during uncertain times.”
GamCare, which runs the National Gambling Helpline, has joined forces with Samaritans, Refuge and Cruse Bereavement Care in launching the campaign.
During the lockdown, the betting and gaming industry has stepped up its support for those affected by gambling related harm.
Last month, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) pledged £10 million in funding for a new ‘education and support programme’ across the UK.
The learning programme, co-developed by GamCare and YGAM, will educate 11-19 year olds on problem gambling awareness, addictive behaviours and the real-life consequences of gambling addiction.