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      If there was no stigma around it, people weren’t scared to talk to people, then people would open up and things wouldn’t get as out of hand. But it’s the shame. I think it’s vitally important if we can make people realize if someone’s got a problem with gambling addiction, it’s not because they’re a bad person, they’re not evil. They’ve got a problem which they don’t want. – Richard

      Telling people was so hard. And that’s one of the most important things is I want the world to know that it’s all right to ask for help. – Chris

      It’s massive. It’s bigger than what people think it is, it’s affecting more people. It’s become very much the invisible addiction. We need to talk about it. And more people with lived experience need to come forward, I think. – David

      Have you worried or had difficulties of any kind, small or large, because of gambling?

      Have you ever felt concerned or been affected by someone else’s gambling?

      People experiencing gambling harm should have a safe space to read and hear the stories of others going through the same thing, and the public needs a better understanding of what it is like to live with gambling harm.

      Tackling Gambling Stigma is an independent, not-for-profit initiative. We are tackling gambling harm stigma and discrimination by sharing real-life stories. We are using research tools to document the ways gambling affects many different people and building an online resource where people can come and learn what it is like to experience gambling harm. The research will also be brought to professionals and policymakers, to help inform better policy, treatment, and support.

      Could you share your story in a safe, confidential way? Sharing your experiences could help others going through the same thing. Moreover, it will shape change to prevent people from suffering in the future.

      We want to hear about the wide range of gambling experiences from people of all backgrounds.

      You will tell your story in a conversation with an experienced interviewer. After the interview, you will be in control of how your story is used, if you want this to be through quotes, audio or video clips. You do not have to use your real name and you can choose to remain completely anonymous. You need to be over 18 and live in the UK.

      To find out more, please drop me a message or email:

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      I just wanted to thankyou for posting about this and I’m glad to see that there’s the opportunity to break that silence. My own gambling therapist always says be careful who you tell you had a gambling problem to. This always bothers me as I’ve been in recovery from drugs and alcohol for 10 years and nobody gets bent or judgemental for trying to change those behaviors. But as soon as you say anything about gambling addiction you get treated like crap from others. There is so much stigma about it people don’t no what they dont understand but it’s frustrating having to hide something when your trying to be honest and heal. I definitely hope more people in the world will learn that it works the same way substances do it alters your brain chemistry and messes you up so your not rational or healthy conciously.

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