Gambling awareness – everything you need to know about this growing problem

Gambling in the UK has increased, and so have the problems associated with it. Recent research has shown that young people are now gambling in higher numbers than ever before.

Gambling awareness – everything you need to know about this growing problem

Gambling awareness Regular gambling can cause massive financial problems for the individual. Problem gambling or gambling addiction can cause, or make worse, a whole range of issues such as substance misuse, mental health, debt, ASB and domestic abuse.

Why do you need to be gambling aware?

73% of the UK population gambles so that means that most of the people you work with do – as customers and colleagues.

12% of 11-16-year olds have gambled in the last week, 80% of young people had seen gambling adverts in the last week and 10% follow gambling companies online. Adverts are often targeted at low income areas and those who are most vulnerable.

Gambling is heavily linked to financial problems and mental health issues – two major problems for landlords and support staff.

Left unidentified and untreated problem gambling usually gets worse and can result in massive problems. Early identification, prevention, joint working and support has been proven to benefit all concerned.

So having an awareness of gambling, what to look out for, how to bring up the subject, how to assess the risks and knowing what support to offer could is essential for all frontline staff.

You will:

  • Learn about the current gambling situation in the UK, including prevalence, types of gambling – on-line and FOB-T machines
  • Explore young people’s gambling including its origins in video games and applications, its links to mental health problems and its advertisement and normalisation through social media
  • Explore different types of gambling including problem gambling and gambling addiction
  • Find out about the potential impact of gambling including mental health problems, suicide risk, debt, family problems and risk of homelessness
  • Learn and be able to identify the signs of problem gambling
  • Understand and be able to practice techniques that can help the gambler to control or stop gambling
  • Become more aware of the specialist help that is available.

Who should attend?

This course is for all staff but particularly those concerned with supporting tenants and service users in some capacity – housing workers, tenancy sustainment, enforcement, residential staff or other support staff.

Gambling does not discriminate – managers and HR staff would also benefit from this course.

Danny McGowan

Mental health and wellbeing Danny McGowan

Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with substance misuse, mental health and other complex needs for over 20 years. He has developed experience in many specialist areas, such as working with hoarders and those with a dual diagnosis and has delivered training in techniques such as motivational interviewing and CBT. He has been delivering training for the housing sector for over a decade and has many years’ experience of developing client/customer involvement and peer mentoring schemes.

Danny uses a combination of his years of experience, current good practice guidelines and research evidence to deliver the topics he trains. He uses a holistic interactive training style that provides delegates with real skills and information, which they are then able to apply back in the workplace and beyond. He has delivered training and provided consultancy to numerous organisations during his career. Notable clients include the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office as well as housing organisations across the UK.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk