Spot the signs
Things to look out for to see if it's becoming a problem to you or someone you know:
- struggling to pay for the basics: rent, mortgage, bills, food because of gambling spending
- debt getting bigger because of gambling
- feeling like stopping gambling but can't
- stressed or worried about what gambling is doing to other areas of life
- spending a lot of time gambling or hiding gambling from others
- withdrawal from other people, or activities.
- pay important bills as soon as possible after you get paid. That way you won't have the money to spend of gambling
- plan other fun things to do when you might be tempted to gamble.
- don't ask family or friends for money
- reach out and talk to someone. This could be a friend, close family member, colleague, or a professional.
As one of your financial providers, we want to help you through difficult times. We have a dedicated Help with managing my money page that offers help and support. It also has guidance on steps to take to manage your finances.
There are other organisations who specialise in gambling help, and you won't feel alone.
The National Gambling Helpline has information, advice, and support if you're worried about gambling - across England, Scotland and Wales. Call them for free on 0808 8020 133. Or chat to them online at GamCare.org.uk, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Advisers are completely confidential, so you don't have to worry.
GamCare (who own the National Gambling helpline) offer practical tools to help with gambling. If you call the National Gambling Helpline, they can offer you Gamban blocking software. That can block your access to online gambling sites. There's also GAMSTOP, a place where you can stop access to all licensed gambling sites in the UK. For more information, visit TALKBANSTOP.