Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware:
“Gambling is a serious public health issue and we welcome the importance the Gambling Commission has placed on collaboration between organisations to help reduce gambling harms. GambleAware has a central role in commissioning core elements of the National Strategy including the research programme and the emerging National Gambling Treatment Service working with the NHS and others to help direct people to the right intervention.
GambleAware has commissioned specialist treatment for gambling addiction at Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust since 2008 and in the summer a second specialist clinic will open in collaboration with Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, GambleAware funds national programmes to raise awareness about gambling harms with organisations such as with Citizens Advice and we are responsible for Britain’s first public awareness campaign, Bet Regret, to prevent harm among sports bettors.
Last year, 30,000 people received advice from the National Gambling Helpline and 9,000 people were treated via a national network of providers we fund. However, less than three per cent of the reported number of problem gamblers access services so it is clear there is much more to be done in raising awareness about this serious public health issue.”