The safer gambling trio of GamCare, GamBan, and GAMSTOP have revived their #TalkBanStop campaign ahead of the start of Euro 2020 on Friday, June 11th.
The safer gambling organisations promoted their gambling-harm prevention tools and support services to the general public when #TalkBanStop was first established at the start of the year.
Fronting new campaign
Karen Carney MBE, England’s third-most capped player of all time, is the face of the new campaign, which aims to raise awareness of gambling support services at a season of increased football activity.
GamCare, which runs the National Gambling Helpline, expects a surge in women seeking assistance as a result of the Euros.
During the FIFA 2018 World Cup, its helpline had a 14 percent rise in calls, with 85 percent of those coming from women, while overall calls from gamblers rose by 5 percent.
Gambling increasingly accessible to women
GamCare’s CEO, Anna Hemmings, said: “Gambling is increasingly accessible to women, particularly online, as it feels discrete and doesn’t involve making a special trip, for example to a betting shop.
“We want to encourage anyone worried about themselves or someone else to contact us – we can offer expert advice and arrange for them to get the support they need. We want people to feel that taking the first step, by seeking non-judgmental help from our trained advisers, is a positive move, and get the free tools and support available through #TalkBanStop.”
The campaign is part of GamCare’s new organisational approach, which intends to break down societal obstacles in the provision of treatment support to women, ethnic minorities, and low-income areas.
In terms of female care, GamCare discovered that 82 percent of women who gamble use online services via their phone or personal device, playing games or downloading apps, rather than gambling in person (such as at a casino or betting shop).
In support of its new goals, last week GamCare said it would continue to offer a specific online chatroom sessions for women and assistance programme regardless of whether the UK government eases national lockdown limitations.
Carney MBE had this to said: “Campaigns like TalkBanStop are so important in raising awareness of the free resources available to everyone out there, particularly women who have battled with gambling around sport. Ahead of the upcoming Euros, it is important we raise awareness of the support that is available.”