If you or someone you care about is battling with gambling harm, you are not alone. There is guidance, support, and help available to help you on your journey towards a brighter future.


What is Gambling Disorder?

Gambling disorder is an impulse control disorder and maybe known as compulsive gambling or problem gambling. This is an illness where an individual cannot control their urge to gamble, despite awareness of its harmful consequences. It is not just a financial issue; it affects mental health; relationships and overall well being.


Signs and Symptoms

  • Constant thoughts about gambling
  • Increasing bets to chase losses
  • Neglecting responsibilities and relationships
  • Feeling restless or irritable when not gambling
  • Repeated unsuccessful attempts to quit

If you or someone you know is experiencing these signs, seeking help is a crucial first step.


The NHS has put together a helpful booklet on how they can help, how to self refer and who can access the service

NHS Gambling Advice Sheet


GamCare are a leading charity offering support for gambling addiction.  They offer FREE support lines including live chats, WhatsApp and phone calls as well as recovery toolkits and expert advice.


If you are worried that yourself or someone you know might be struggling with gambling you can take the free quiz at Gamble Aware they also offer FREE and confidential advice.


The Citizens Advice  can also offer help, advice and guidance with gambling and finances.


Things to help control levels of gambling

If you are worried about the level of gambling you or someone you know is doing you may want check out the website below:

https://www.eofegamblingservice.nhs.uk/taking-control-your- gambling



How to help  if you are affected by someone else’s gambling?

For everyone who gambles and is experiencing gambling harm, there will be those around them who can also end up experiencing  the same types of gambling harms. It is important that as an affected other you understand how you can both take care of yourself whilst also helping those you care for get the help and support they need.