Gambling Support Services
If professional help is needed, you can consult with the local GP practice or with the guidance teacher at the young person’s school.
For signposting to specialised services or further information, consider the following options:
General information and resources on gambling harm
Information, advice and online resources relating to gambling harms. Suitable for all ages.
Information and support on gambling designed for young people and families, run by GamCare. Suitable for anyone under 18.
Referral pathways for treatment and support
National Gambling Support Network
Operated by a network of providers. This service uses a ‘no wrong door’ approach - no matter how people make contact, referral pathways are in place to deliver the most appropriate package of care. Designed for individuals experiencing difficulties with gambling, and for those impacted by someone else’s gambling. Suitable for all ages.
Counselling service for young people experiencing problematic behaviours, including gambling, across Scotland. Suitable for ages 16+.
Support, information and advice for anyone experiencing gambling harms. Suitable for all ages.
Citizens Advice Scotland
Information and advice about support available for anyone experiencing gambling harms. Suitable for all ages.
Self-help groups and tools
Gamblers Anonymous Scotland
Provides help for people experiencing gambling harms and runs Gamblers Anonymous Meetings across Scotland. Suitable for adults.
Support and encouragement for the families and friends of those experiencing disordered gambling, helping them to understand gambling harm and to help overcome it. Suitable for affected others.
Gambling Therapy App and Website
Online service offering free practical advice and emotional support to anyone affected by gambling harms. Suitable for all ages.
Betknowmore delivers support led by individuals with their own experience of gambling harms, who have been trained to help others. Suitable for adults.
GamFam provides a strong support network for those affected by someone else’s gambling. Suitable for families.
RecoverMe is a mobile health application designed to support people experiencing harm as a result of their gambling. Suitable for all ages.
Gambling blockers and self-exclusion tools
Gamban blocks the device from accessing gambling websites and apps.
A free online self-exclusion service.
Online Gaming Advice Hub
Run by Internetmatters.org, the Online Gaming Advice Hub offers information and advice for young people and families on the risks of gaming, and its connections to online gambling.
YGAM Parent Hub
The Parent Hub is designed to provide parents with the knowledge and resources to safeguard their families from risks around gaming and gambling.
Parent Zone’s Gaming or Gambling page has resources for young people, families, and schools on gambling-like risks within online games.