Tackling Gambling Stigma is an online resource where people can learn what it is like to experience gambling harm by reading, listening or watching people share their experiences.
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People experiencing gambling harm need a safe space to hear the stories of others who are living through the same, or similar, difficulties. In addition, both the public and professionals need a better understanding of what it is like to live with gambling harm.
Stigma means that people experiencing harm often feel a deep shame that stops them from getting help. Stigma also relieves the pressure on the government to make vital changes. It justifies discrimination in the way gambling is dealt with by regulatory bodies, financial services providers, the healthcare system and the justice system.
It is time for this to change.
By using research and bringing together powerful stories from a wide range of people affected by gambling harm, we are tackling this stigma and discrimination.
By connecting people with others like themselves, our aim is to encourage those in need of help to reach out for it. In doing this, we also plan to bring about change in the public view, the media, services and legal policy to stop suffering in the future.
People are estimated to be “problem” gamblers, with over 2 million people at risk.
British people have experienced harm linked to gambling.
Gambling-related suicides every year.
Children are addicted to gambling in the UK.
Quotes from our participants
Our participants have shared their thoughts about the stigma around gambling which you can read below.