Gambling Harm

Key Facts: 

  • There are a reported 400,000 adult experiencing gambling harm in the UK, with almost a further 2 million at risk with research suggesting that around six additional people – such as friends, family, and co-workers – are directly affected by each problem gambler.
  • 16% of 18 to 24-year olds have placed bets on organised video games. This is known as e-sports.
  • Problem gambling can lead to various physical health and mental health problems, relationship difficulties, large-scale financial loss and, in some cases, crime or suicide.
  • Licensed gambling has grown by £4.1 billion. This is a 57% increase in the last decade. This is mainly due to online and smart phone gambling The National Audit Office February 2020)
  •  Cross over between Gambling and Gaming: Loot boxes, betting on video game outcomes, battle passes

We are thrilled to announce that we are working with Gambling Harm UK to develop a range of workplace training and support over the coming months – watch this space:

  • MHFAider CPD Upskill -Talking Gambling Harm
  • Guest Speaker sessions – we will be running a series of Guest Speaker sessions by individuals who have lived experience
  • Workplace on-line training – why not join our free workplace training to help you to understand the impact of Gambling, from the individual or Affected Others (friends; family, partners, workplace).  The aim of the session is to change workplace cultures and embed policies and procedures to support employees, providing a safe, non-judgmental space to to seek effective support.

Josh’s Story:

Gambling Harm UK – Stigma:

Gambling Harm – Useful Resources:

East of England Gambling Service: