A NEW service is being launched in Southampton as a part of a nationwide scheme to assist the rising variety of people who find themselves hooked on playing.
Virtually 600 compulsive gamblers throughout the nation had been referred for therapy between April and September, a 42 per cent improve on the identical interval final yr.
Playing Fee figures counsel about 138,000 individuals within the UK may very well be downside gamblers.
Claire Murdoch, the pinnacle of psychological well being providers in England, mentioned: “Dependancy is a merciless sickness that may break lives. It is no exaggeration to say it may be lethal in probably the most excessive instances.
“It’s essential these affected by dependancy know the NHS is right here to assist, and they need to not hesitate to return ahead for help if wanted.”
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As reported within the Each day Echo, the NHS has unveiled plans to open 15 specialist clinics by the top of 2024.
Now the Totton-based Southern Well being NHS Basis Belief has introduced that the Southern Playing Service will likely be launched in Southampton in November 30.
Based mostly at Faculty Maintain it should supply a variety of remedies, together with group and particular person psychotherapy in addition to medicine.
Prof Sam Chamberlain, director of the brand new service, mentioned: “There has been a big development within the variety of individuals experiencing dangerous playing, with the quantity looking for help rising by greater than 40 per cent within the final yr.
“Playing dysfunction is a standard psychological well being situation that has many detrimental results on individuals’s lives.”
Prof Chamberlain mentioned dependancy might result in debt, poor credit score scores and relationship issues. It might even have a detrimental affect on psychological well being, leading to anxiousness, melancholy and even substance use.
“The brand new NHS Southern Playing Service presents affected people the very newest evidence-based remedies and help, in addition to growing new remedies,” he mentioned.
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“Sufferers can self-refer into our providers by contacting us via our web site, in addition to getting referred from an area healthcare skilled, so anyone who thinks they might want help ought to get in contact.”
Earlier this month a report revealed by the Playing Fee revealed that dependancy usually began in childhood.
The report mentioned a minimum of one baby in each secondary faculty class had a playing downside or was vulnerable to growing one.
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