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NEW FREE SUPPORT SERVICE FOR PROBLEM GAMBLERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Dublin North City and County

A new, free and confidential support service is available for anyone who suffers from problem gambling or gaming and living in Dublin North City or County (DNCC). The service offers counselling to under-18s and adults with problem gaming or gambling and family support to the families and carers coping with another person’s problem gambling or gaming.

This service is for anyone whose gambling or gaming has become a major problem in their lives. Professional help and support are also being made available to the families and carers of anyone struggling with problem gambling or gaming.

Problem gambling is gambling behaviour that is disruptive or damaging, for example, betting more than you can afford to lose and experiencing guilt and anxiety about gambling.

Gambling that is a problem can have severe effects on mental health and wellbeing, relationships and finances.  Problem gambling can be well advanced before it is noticed, as it can develop as a secretive problem for the individual, with no apparent signs that the gambling is spiralling out of control.

According to recent ESRI research*, 1 in 30 adults in Ireland, 130,000 people, is struggling with gambling that is out of control and adversely affecting their lives.

People who have a problem with gambling spend, on average, €1,000 per month on the habit. Most problem gambling – 60% – takes place online.

The most common forms of gambling are lotteries and scratch cards, followed by betting on horses, greyhounds, and other sports.  Slot machines and casino gambling, particularly online, were more common among people with problem gambling.

The new support service will be supported by an online information campaign on social media in the coming weeks to alert people who are struggling and their families that free, confidential support is available.

If you, or anyone you know, is suffering as a result of problem gambling, please get in touch with us as soon as possible at 01 8657200 or e mail support@DNCCgamblinggaming.ie 

This service is supported by the HSE Social Inclusion National & DNCC offices, SASSY (Substance Abuse Service Specific to Youth), The Snug Counselling and Crosscare Counselling Services.

 

* ESRI Report on Gambling October 2023

 

https://crosscare.ie/gambling/