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Mental health charity warns of consequences of online gambling

Jun 27, 2005 - 9:35:00 PM
"Players can become isolated, avoiding social contact with family members, friends and colleagues, and lose interest in other activities. Compounded with financial worries, the mental health implications are serious, and charities like the Mental Health Foundation need to offer their support."

 
[RxPG] Poker websites and other online gambling services may be exciting investors at the moment, but there may be dangers for online gamblers, warns a mental health charity.

The Mental Health Foundation is concerned that online gambling could create problems for some individuals, with potentially serious consequences. In light of this, the charity has created new on-line resources for people who may be experiencing problems with gambling.

Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation says:

"Many, many people, including young people, are gambling from the comfort of their own homes, or from work. For some, occasional gambling that becomes an addiction can lead to problems -: not just debt, but relationship breakdowns and problems at work."

"Players can become isolated, avoiding social contact with family members, friends and colleagues, and lose interest in other activities. Compounded with financial worries, the mental health implications are serious, and charities like the Mental Health Foundation need to offer their support."



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f you are worried that your gambling may be getting out of hand, or think that a relative or friend may be developing an unhealthy addiction to gambling, visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk for more information. The Mental Health Foundation uses research and practical projects to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. We work to influence policy, including government at the highest levels. And we use our knowledge to raise awareness and to help tackle the stigma attached to mental illness. We reach millions of people every year through our media work, information booklets and online services.
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