Individual support: Need help? If you have questions or concerns about your own gambling or about that of a friend or family member, a good place to start is the National Gambling Helpline on Freephone 0808 8020 133. Problem gamblers may benefit from help directed specifically at getting their gambling back under control, as well as help directed at managing the consequences of problem gambling such as debt, stress and relationship breakdown. EPIC recommends the following support networks.
The National Gambling helpline is open 8am until midnight, 7 days a week. You can talk live online to the National Gambling helpline by visiting the following website and clicking the link in the top right hand corner (as shown in the image above):
A website that gives advice on gambling responsibly. Responsible gambling means making choices based on all the facts, and staying in control of how much time and money you spend.
The National Problem Gambling Clinic treats problem gamblers living in England and Wales who are aged 16 and over. It assesses the needs of problem gamblers as well as those of their partners and family members, and offers evidence based treatments as well as interventions to assist with financial, employment, social and relationship difficulties. Telephone: 020 7534 6699 or 020 7534 6687
A registered charity that takes a non-judgemental approach to gambling, and a leading authority on the provision of information, advice and practical help in addressing the social impact of gambling.
A fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same. National helpline number: 02073 843040
Support to those affected by another person’s gambling. A fellowship of men and women who are husbands, wives, relatives or close friends who have been affected by problem gambling.
Provides residential treatment for severely addicted gamblers, as well as providing outreach support and internet counselling service.
The Responsible Gambling Trust is committed to minimising the level of problem gambling in Britain through effective education and prevention techniques, which stop people getting into problems with their gambling, and ensuring that those that do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support. Telephone: 020 7287 1994
Helps children achieve their full potential, through services that support some of the most vulnerable and excluded children in the UK.
Helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice, and by influencing policymakers.
Gamblock helps prevent gambling sites running on your PC. Once downloaded, users will be directed to the GamBlock website when trying to access a gambling website. The GamBlock website also provides advice to people who have problems controlling their gambling.
A UK debt advice charity offering free, confidential support and advice to anyone worried about debt.
Provides the UK with a huge counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs.
Provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems. National helpline number: 08088 084000
To empower consumers through education in the areas of credit, loans, insurance, debt and personal finance.
The Christian Centre for Gambling Rehabilitation is a Chinese Christian charity that help mainly Chinese-speaking problem gamblers to stop gambling and recover from their addiction and its adverse effects, with a Christian approach. They provide information, advice and support services which include counselling, money advice and group meetings to pathological gamblers and their relatives and friends.
Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. UK helpline number: 08457 909090
A debt advice organisation offering free, confidential and impartial debt help to anyone who needs it, available online 24 hours a day. Telephone: 0800 138 1111
A not for profit social enterprise whose aim is to help vulnerable children and adults who are addicted to, harmed or exploited by gambling by promoting self-exclusion and social responsibility.