Gambling Harms

Worried about gambling? Help and support is available in North East Lincolnshire.

Understanding the role gambling plays in your life or the life of a loved one can be the first step in making changes to tackle the harm it causes. It is unlikely that there will be a single answer, and a combination of strategies may be needed to make lasting changes.

Harms can come in a number of forms, including financial, and relationship harms, mental and physical health, employment and education, criminal and anti-social behaviour, cultural and harms within gaming. You or someone you know may be experiencing a number of these harms.

In North East Lincolnshire there are services available to offer advice, guidance and support to anyone impacted by gambling harms as well as national charities offering self-help tools. There is also a local peer support group that can support people in recovery from gambling, at whatever stage in their recovery journey they are at.

Organisations that receive funding from the gambling industry have been highlighted with an asterisk (*) in order to provide full transparency. For further information, please contact the organisations directly.

Get support if you’re struggling with your mental health and/or having suicidal thoughts

Local Services

The NHS Northern Gambling Service – provides specialist addiction therapy and recovery to people affected by gambling addiction, as well as those with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and suicidal feelings. The service also provides support to people close to those with gambling addiction, such as family, partners, and carers.  

NECA Yorkshire and Humbe * – provides free, confidential and specialist support in Grimsby and the surrounding areas for anyone adversely affected by gambling-related harms, either their own or a loved ones.

National Services

  • GamCare* – Offers free one-to-one counselling, couples counselling and group counselling for problem gamblers and their families and runs the National Gambling Helpline (0808 802 0133)
  • GAMSTOP* – a free, online self-exclusion tool that helps you control your online gambling. Once registered you will be prevented from using gambling websites and apps run by companies licensed in Great Britain, for a period of your choosing.  
  • GamCare* – The GamCare recovery toolkit offers a range of practical tools and resources to help people experiencing gambling-related harms.
  • NHS – Offers information and further advice on where to get help, links to treatment centres and support groups, and self-help tips
  • Gambling Therapy – Offers online support to problem gamblers and their friends and family.
  • Parent Zone- external site – Offers free resources and information to help professionals and families learn about the gambling-like risks children may face when playing online games and simple practical things parents and carers can do, to keep gaming fun and safer.
  • BigDeal* – BigDeal is part of GamCare’s Youth Outreach Programme and provides a place for young people to find information and support related to gambling, either for themselves or someone they care about and also offers workshops and professionals’ training, free of charge
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For more information and support, visit Gambling Understood.

Page last updated: 22 May 2024