In anticipation of ‘Blue Monday’ on 17 January 2022, the charity for gambling support, GamCare, is bringing to light the available local support in the East Midlands of UK, for anyone struggling and in need of help with their own gambling.
Supporting the charity is the local sports club, Northampton Saints Rugby Club, which has already helped nearly 1,500 people, free of charge, in regaining day-to-day life after the effects of gambling-related issues.
The National Gambling Helpline operated by Gamcare is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing free practical advice, information and support.
Such support is offered by calling 080 8020 133 to speak to an advisor, or the Helpline is available via a live chat on the GamCare website. Through the website, people can then be referred for confidential, free-of-charge support sessions in the East Midlands region. These sessions can be made in person or online and are offered in areas including but not limited to Lincoln, Nottingham, Peterborough, Leicester and Northampton.
Nicola O’Neill, GamCare East Midlands-based gambling-support provider, commented: “At GamCare, we know how hard this time of year can be for people struggling with their gambling, particularly as we approach ‘Blue Monday.’
“With more financial pressures off the back of Christmas, coupled with a longer gap between being paid wages, the challenges that many gamblers experience in January can have a significant emotional burden also.
“It’s important that people feel able to come forward and discuss these issues with people in their own area; we’re here, we’re local and we can help.”
Tim Percival, Northampton Saints Director, said: “Northampton Saints is pleased to be backing this campaign to raise awareness of GamCare and the work they do to help anyone struggling with a gambling addiction in the East Midlands. It is important people know where they can turn for help, should they need it.”
The signs of gambling-related harm in an individual are not always clear. If you are concerned about someone’s gambling, there are five signs to look out for: a withdrawn loss of interest in usual activities, noticeable changes in mood and behaviour, anxiety and sleep deprivation, and loss; financial signs of money issues, loss of money from bank accounts, and lying; covering up how someone spends their time.