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Anyone can be affected by gambling harms. We can all be part of the solution. Gambling is often described as a hidden harm and many people experience stigma when trying to talk to others about their gambling. All services listed here are FREE for GM residents and accept self-referrals or referrals from professionals such as your GP.
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For anonymous advice or just to talk:

If you or someone else is struggling with gambling and you want immediate help and support, please consider reaching out to the GamCare National Gambling Helpline or Samaritans.

  • GamCare National Gambling Helpline

    Providing confidential information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling problems in England, Scotland and Wales

    Freephone: 0808 8020 133
    Website: gamcare.org.uk

  • Samaritans

    Helping provide emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide

    Freephone: 116 123 
    Website: www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Specialist support for people affected by gambling:

If you would like to learn more about specialist support available to individuals living with gambling disorder, please contact the Northern Gambling Service or Beacon Counselling Trust.

Blocking and self-exclusion tools:

The first step to stopping gambling often involved using blocking tools, such as GAMSTOP and Gamban. Once you are registered, these tools will automatically self-exclude you from all UK-licensed online bookmakers. Many banks will also give you the option to block all gambling transactions. If you are looking to exclude from land-based or high street gambling venues, we recommend MOSES (multi-operator self-exclusion scheme).

Connect with peer support groups:
  • GamHive

    GaMHive has been formed by a group of people who’ve either directly suffered from a gambling disorder or who’ve been harmed by someone else’s gambling

    Website: gamhive.co.uk

  • Gamfam

    An online support network for people affected by someone else’s gambling

    Website: gamfam.org.uk

  • Gamblers Anonymous

    Regular peer support meetings held in Bolton, Bury, Wigan, Oldham, Stockport, and Manchester

    Website: gamblersanonymous.org.uk

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