As part of our work, we need to build an evidence-based understanding of the extent and impact of gambling related harms in Greater Manchester for individuals, families and communities.

We are exploring how we can use existing national datasets as well as collecting stories from people who have experienced gambling disorder or gambling related harms.

We are in the process of gathering this evidence and will update this section shortly.

What are gambling related harms?

Harms associated with gambling include mental ill health, relationship breakdown, poor performance at work or school and financial difficulties. Harms may be experienced by the person who gambles or by family, friends and colleagues of someone who gambles (‘affected others’). Gambling may not be the sole cause of these harms – in some cases gambling may be a used as a coping mechanism– however we know that gambling disorder can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities. Harms can accrue very quickly, but we know that recovery can take a long time, with some harms leaving an intergenerational legacy.

Training

Resources are available to build your knowledge and understanding of gambling disorder, how you might identify someone experiencing gambling related harms and what support you can offer. These resources are suitable for people in professional, volunteer and community roles, and may be tailored to suit your specific needs.

Podcasts and media

In addition to formal training offers, there is a huge wealth of expertise and knowledge about gambling related harms coming from within the community of people who are speaking out about their lived experience.