GamCare has announced that it will open a dedicated online chat room session for women impacted by gambling-related harms on Saturday 12 September (19:00-20:00 hrs), extending its problem-gambling support services.
The chatroom, which will be open to ‘those who identify as female,’ is part of the ‘daily support sessions’ of GamCare – a platform made accessible via the website of the charity that enables its users to communicate with peers and share their experiences with each other.
After a study commissioned by GambleAware and NHS studies, GamCare unveiled its latest support programme, underlining that women with problem gambling harms feel greater anxieties and shame regarding seeking treatment and helping with addiction.
In a statement GamCare said: “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.
Improving access to services will enable GamCare to improve its ‘Women’s Programme’ to help those affected by gambling harms receive the support they need.
Concluding its comment, GamCare noted that it aims to collaborate with public and third-sector organisations to develop a national system that can expand awareness of gambling harms and their many impacts to women’s broadest demographics.
Visit gamcare.org.uk/get-support/group-chatroom/ on September 12th from 19:00 hrs to access the chatroom upon registration.