Expanding its problem-gambling support resources, GamCare has announced that it will launch a dedicated online chat room session for women who are affected by gambling-related harms on Saturday 12 September (19:00-20:00 hrs).
The chatroom, which will be open to ‘those who identify as female’, forms part of GamCare’s ‘daily support sessions’ – a resource made available via the charity’s website allowing its users to connect with peers and share their experiences with one another.
GamCare launched its new support service after a report commissioned by GambleAware and NHS research underlined that women experiencing problem gambling harms felt deeper anxieties and stigma towards accessing treatment and help on addiction.
“Women can be disproportionately negatively impacted by gambling-related harms, which include financial, relationship and mental health issues. GamCare is running this session for any women who are affected by gambling, whether they are the gambler, or a family member or friend,” GamCare said in its statement.
Improving treatment access, GamCare will continue to develop its ‘Women’s Programme’ to help those affected by gambling harms to secure the treatment they need.
Concluding its statement, GamCare stated that it continues to work with public and third sector organisations on establishing a nationwide framework that can spread awareness of gambling harms and its many impacts to a widest demographic of women.
To join the chatroom when registered, visit gamcare.org.uk/get-support/group-chatroom/ on 12th September from 19:00 hrs.