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The South West Gambling Service is now open

By 12th December 2023No Comments

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has launched the South West Gambling Service.

The service is working in partnership with Mental Health Matters, H2CD, Togetherall, Dr Julian and Intuitive Thinking Skills and will provide specialist therapies to those affected by gambling addiction, offering a range of interventions which includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Chris Gillmore, South West Gambling Service Clinical Lead said: “Gambling Disorder is a common mental health condition that has many negative effects on people’s lives – we are pleased that gambling disorder has been recognised as a national and regional NHS priority.

“The new NHS South West Gambling Service offers people affected by gambling the very latest evidence-based treatments and support. We are collaborating with partner organisations to deliver a comprehensive treatment pathway to the South West community.

“Patients are able to self-refer into the service by contacting us via telephone, as well as getting referred from a local healthcare professional, so anybody who thinks they may need support should get in touch.”

Mathew Page, Chief Operating Officer of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust said: “The impacts of harmful gambling are widespread, affecting people’s relationships and health.

“Figures demonstrate this is a growing issue and we will work to protect people from the damaging impacts of harmful gambling.”

NHS figures published in November 2022 show referrals for treatment for gambling addiction were up 42% between April and September, with 599 patients referred compared with 421 patients between April and September in 2021.

It’s thought that over 130,000 people across the UK could be experiencing problems due to gambling according to Gambling Commission figures, with around 1.3 million people engaging in either moderate or low-risk gambling – although other research estimates that this figure could be higher.

If you or someone you care about is affected by gambling, visit The South West Gambling Service :: Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (awp.nhs.uk) to find our more or you can refer yourself by calling  0330 022 3175.