Gambling for some people can become an addiction that leads them into debt, with some losing their homes and entire life savings. For someone with a gambling addiction, the feeling of gambling is equivalent to taking a drug or having a drink.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists says that gambling is a problem for about nine people in every 1,000 – about 1% of the population.
In September earlier this year a new, fully integrated support service for people with gambling problems was launched in Leeds, which was the first facility of its nature outside of London.
The Leeds Community Gambling Service involves a collaboration between GamCare, local treatment partner NECA, the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) and Leeds City Council.
The new initiative recently joined HealthWatch Leeds at the #BigLeedsChat in Wetherby, which is a way of listening to people and talking about what matters to them, as well as bringing together local health and care leaders to have a chat with local people about the future of services in Leeds and surrounding areas.
If you think gambling may be affecting your life directly and would like to chat to someone about gambling &/or debt issues feel free to call The Leeds Community Gambling service direct line on 0113 388 6466 or 0808 8020 133
Visit www.gamcare.org.uk, or www.healthwatchleeds.co.uk for more information on the initiatives