Gambling can develop into a real problem for some people, affecting them not only financially, but also from a social and psychological point of view. When this happens, gambling may not only be hurting them, but also their family and friends.
Gambling may have become a problem if you find you are:-
- Spending more money and time on gambling than intended.
- Starting to lie about your gambling habits and hiding them from other people.
- Borrowing money to pay for general living expenses – e.g. utility bills, basic groceries.
- Losing interest in any activity other than gambling.
- Finding your work or home life is being affected.
- Feeling unable to take breaks when gambling for a prolonged period.
- Neglecting your own welfare and that of your family.
If you are concerned with any of the above or feel gambling is taking over your life, the Isle of Man can offer the following free services:-
Isle of Man based individuals who feel they have, or are developing a gambling problem should contact GamCare Isle of Man on 01624 622011, or email email@example.com.
Isle of Man based individuals who feel they are in a crisis situation (i.e. with thoughts of self harm) should contact the 24hr Crisis Response Team on 01624 642860.
Isle of Man based individuals who have a debt problem arising from gambling, can contact a Debt Counsellor confidentially on 01624 686510.
For those who wish to contact an off-island confidential advice and assistance service, please contact:
The Gamcare Helpline on 0845 6000 133, or visit their website at http://www.gamcare.org.uk/.
The Gambling Therapy website http://www.gamblingtherapy.org