On Monday, it was announced that GambleAware and GamCare reached an agreement to fund the National Gambling Helpline and a network of treatment services for adults experiencing gambling-related problems.
The agreement will cover the period of three years, from 2018-2021. GamCare has been awarded a 20% increase in annual funding with a grant that totals $18.8m over three years. The money will be put towards the National Gambling Helpline, and will also support a national network of talking therapies and administer remote access help for those looking for online support.
The funding will allow GamCare to carry on with its development and efficiency of treatment.
GambleAware is working towards ensuring the needs of individuals are met through productive treatment that is cost effective. The funding increase shows its dedication towards the increase in the capacity of treatment sector.
It also further intends to administer new aftercare services in order to help prevent relapse and aims to provide services that offer help for families of those with gambling problems.
There is an estimated 430,000 people who suffer with gambling issues and approximately two million are at risk of developing gambling-related problems.