The NHS has today announced that they will create a new treatment clinic for young people affected by gambling through the National Problem Gambling Clinic in London.
GamCare supports the development of a dedicated offer of support and treatment for young people affected by gambling problems, which will work alongside GamCare’s network of 120 locations nationally where support is already available for ages 16+.
Anna Hemmings, GamCare CEO, says: “Expanding the treatment available for young people aged 13-25 who have complex issues connected to gambling is a welcome development which will be hugely beneficial for individuals and families. We welcome more accessible services – the sooner people who are affected by gambling can access support, the sooner we can work together to prevent problems from escalating.”
According to Gambling Commission figures, the number of young people who are directly affected by gambling across England, Scotland and Wales has now risen to 50,000, and that more young people gamble than drink alcohol, smoke or take drugs. GamCare’s Youth Outreach Programme provides a vital opportunity to help young people build resilience and critical thinking skills around gambling, and to help professionals bridge the gaps in their knowledge about young people and gambling.