Gambling addiction has been on the rise and the NHS has been making moves to provide help to those who are suffering from gambling addiction and compulsive gambling issues.
A new National Health Service (NHS) clinic is set to open in Sunderland this week. The NHS has upped its efforts to combat problem gambling as it treats gambling as a mental health issue.
The NHS has confirmed that its Northern Gambling Service base at the Beacon of Light will also be providing treatment to those suffering from problem gambling and associated mental health issues.
The new clinic is expected to be up and running in the next few days. At the centre, the problem gamblers would be able to avail the services of a consultant psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, consultant psychologist and senior mental health nurse. The NHS will also provide additional services at the headquarters.
Gambling Addiction In The UK
Gambling addiction has been on the rise in the UK and despite efforts from the authorities it has been difficult to reign in the increasing gambling addiction.
According to a recent report, there are about 2.4 million British gamblers at risk of gambling addiction. Gambling addiction has been on the rise mostly amongst children and teenagers. A UK Gambling Commission report reveals that the number of children at the risk of gambling addiction has been on the rise and has increased by 400 per cent in the past two years.
The NHS has been treating problem gambling as a mental health issue and has opened centres across the country to provide patients with necessary treatment. Earlier in September 2019, the NHS has opened its first gambling addiction treatment centre outside of London.
The new gambling addiction treatment centre in Sunderland will be headed by Matthew Gaskell, a consultant psychologist.