Author: Lauren McCann, Junior Content Manager
While gambling can be a form of entertainment for some, it can also become a serious problem for others. As a training provider in the gaming industry, we recognise the vital role we play in helping our clients understand how to protect players who may be at risk of developing a gambling addiction, and believe through continued education on the subject, we can help keep the conversation ongoing.
One of the ways in which the protection of problem gamblers is prioritised is through mandatory funding. In jurisdictions like the Isle of Man, operators are required to contribute to a central fund, with some going beyond these mandatory requirements by making additional voluntary donations. This funding is utilised to promote, support, and educate others about problem gambling, which helps to maintain ongoing awareness of the issue.
Within the UK, a similar initiative applies by requiring operators to contribute to a national research, education, and treatment fund, as well as making affordability checks on customers an obligatory requirement. These measures demonstrate the UK’s dedication to tackling problem gambling and supporting those affected by it, keeping the conversation on the issue ongoing.
But what can we as individuals do to help? Initiating a conversation with someone you suspect may be struggling with problem gambling can be a powerful step towards finding a solution. While it may seem intimidating, starting a conversation can make a significant difference in helping someone overcome their challenges. By taking action and encouraging someone to seek help, you can help them regain control over their gambling habits and improve their overall well-being.
If you know someone who might be struggling, click here for useful tips on how to start a conversation. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by this issue.