After nearly two years of disruptions to Student life after the coronavirus restrictions, students are now returning to a university campus after freshers’ week in September.
Student Gambling on the Rise
After a great deal of research on students’ gambling habits, GamCare has launched a new campaign BigDeal advising students of the risks of gambling-related harm and treatment and help available.Students new to university life are entering a new phase in their lives where gambling can be seen as the norm. Students will be made aware of signs of impulsive gambling and where to get help.
Susceptible to Gambling
Young people between the age of 18 – 21 are the main focus of the BigDeal campaign as this age bracket are more susceptible to taking up gambling but detecting early warning signs is key to changing habits before gambling becomes normalised.GameCare Programme Manager Alexa Roseblade said, “During this time of transition many young people are entering environments where gambling can become norm – but there’s a lack of knowledge on how to recognise gambling harm or know where to turn to for support.“There are many key drivers that contribute to this issue amongst students – having more time, personal independence and financial freedom with easy access to overdrafts and loans can encourage increased gambling behaviours. We launched BigDeal. A website to inform young people of the support on hand and the importantly reassure them they are not alone.” GamCare is set to continue with the BigDeal campaign throughout the Autumn with further intervention with the Young Advisory Board, sharing information to young people between the age of 18 – 25 on gambling-related harm and where to get help.
GamCare was founded back in 1997 and is a leading campaigner providing vital information, support, and advice on gambling-related issues. If you, or anyone you know may be experiencing gambling-related harm call GamCare.