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Support for gambling problems

There can be many signs that gambling may have become a problem. Gambling can become compulsive, and can lead to financial and emotional problems.

Gambling is a common problem

Around 2.7% of adults in Great Britain, or nearly 1.4 million people, currently live with a gambling addiction (YouGov and Gamble Aware, 2020). On average, for each person who has a gambling addiction, around 6 to 10 other people are directly or indirectly affected by their gambling activity.

This means across Derbyshire, lots of people, families, friendship groups and communities can experience problems related to the impacts of gambling problems.

Support for gambling problems

Making the decision to seek help is usually the first and most difficult step. Once you do, there are lots of confidential services waiting to help you begin your recovery journey.

You can find local and national support services for people who are affected by gambling problems. There is also support is available for those affected by someone else's gambling.

National Gambling Helpline

The National Gambling Helpline gives confidential information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling harms in England, Scotland and Wales.

You can speak with an adviser one-to-one over the phone or on live chat 24 hours per day, every day of the year, tel: 0808 8020 133. There is the option of a referral to a local, specialist partner, such as GamCarein Derby. GamCare also offer a live chat option. Krysallis in Chesterfield offer online counselling and therapy for gambling problems.

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their lived experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others do the same.

Meetings are both face-to-face and online. Search for a local meeting at Gamblers Anonymous.


The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) is a national charity with a social purpose to inform, educate, safeguard and build digital resilience amongst young and vulnerable people. Helping them to make informed decisions and understanding the blurred boundary between gaming and gambling is key. Visit The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust.


GamFam provides a strong support network for those affected by someone else's gambling. Through their programme GRA5P, GamFam offer guidance and practical suggestions on how families and friends can help themselves, which in turn will help the person undertaking the gambling. Visit GamFam.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has information on practical blocks to overcome gambling harms, alongside how to start dealing with priority debts.

Be Gamble Aware

Learn about how gambling works, check if you or someone you know may be suffering, and find practical tips and techniques to overcome gambling-related harm. Visit Be Gamble Aware.