A new support service to assist people dealing with harmful gambling is now available at several locations across Tipperary. The ‘National Problem Gambling Support Service’ was officially launched this week by Gambling Awareness Trust.
The service is a collaboration between Gambling Awareness Trust and the Family Resource Centre National Forum (FRCNF).
It will see 20 centres across the country provide professional and confidential counselling services to those experiencing harmful gambling and their families.
The Tipperary locations include Millenium Family Resource Centre, Spafield Family Resource Centre and Silver Arch Family Resource Centre.
Speaking about the service, Pam Bergin, Executive Director of Gambling Awareness Trust, said:
“I would strongly encourage anyone in Tipperary who is experiencing harmful gambling to contact their local FRC. Harmful gambling can have serious consequences for people’s mental health, their employment and relationships. International research reports that for every single person identified with a ‘gambling disorder’, up to six other people are impacted significantly. Given the estimated prevalence of 55,000 problem gamblers in Ireland this presents a significant number of individuals affected in Irish society and highlights the need for increased services and supports in this area".