GamCare, Gamban and GAMSTOP are teaming up to provide a trio of services for free to help gamblers kick-start the recovery journey this Christmas. Launching today, a new TalkBanStop campaign is backed by ex-footballer and recovering gambling addict Michael Chopra.
The Christmas period poses a heightened risk to those struggling with gambling, and the pandemic has only increased common risk factors including isolation, boredom or money worries.
The TalkBanStop campaign launches as a 12-month pilot to offer three free tools to help people stop gambling – support via GamCare’s National Gambling Helpline, free Gamban blocking software and GAMSTOP self-exclusion.
- Talk: By speaking to one of GamCare’s trained advisers on the National Gambling Helpline (over the phone or via live chat), gamblers and their loved ones can access expert information, advice and support, including arranging access to peer-to-peer support or an NHS referral if appropriate.
- Ban: Gamban’s software blocks access to thousands of global gambling sites and apps, and can be installed on up to 15 devices – including those in the household. This would usually cost £24.99 per year, and is now being offered free to anyone contacting the Helpline.
- Stop: GAMSTOP self-exclusion prevents access and creation of new gambling accounts with all online gambling operators across the UK, free of charge. Users will also stop receiving marketing messages from gambling businesses.