Today, the first National Health Service (NHS) has opened its first gambling clinic outside London, in Leeds. The National Health Service has partnered with the gambling charity organization GamCare to create awareness about responsible gambling and also treat those suffering from compulsive gambling issues.
According to the NHS, there are about 10,000 people in need of treatment for gambling addiction in Leeds alone.
Gambling addiction has been on the rise in the UK. A recent report from the UK gambling commission revealed that the number of children suffering from compulsive gambling issues in the country has risen by about 400 percent in the past two years.
Currently, there are about an estimated 4,30,000 people suffering from gambling addiction in the UK. Moreover, about 2 million people are at risk of facing compulsive gambling problems. As Gambling addiction is being treated as a mental health issue, the number of people suffering from problem gambling and having gambling de-addiction treatment is limited to just 1 percent.
The gambling treatment center at Leeds has been set up with joint efforts of GamCare, a gambling charity organization, the Leeds City Council and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT).
Earlier this year in June, the NHS announced to launch its first National Problem Gambling Clinic for children in London.
NHS has plans to open gambling treatment clinics in 14 cities. After Leeds and London, clinics will be opened in clinics in Manchester and Sunderland.