The University of Bolton Student Services

Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Gambling is a pass time that for many people is fun, harmless and doesn't cause any problems at all. For many though gambling can become a habit that leads to significant problems in their wellbeing, relationships, employment and more. Problematic gambling behaviours can lead to significant negative consequences in the short and long term.

Many people feel embarrassed that the gambling has become problematic, some people report that they didn't realise until it was too late or that they believed they can solve the issue quickly.



GamCare 0808 8020 133 
Information and support for people wanting to stop gambling, including a helpline and online forum. Below you will find links to Gamcares self help workbooks.

GamCare Self-Help Workbook

GamCare Self-Help Workbook – Section One

GamCare Self-Help Workbook – Section Two

GamCare Self-Help Workbook – Section Three

The worksheets included are also included individually below, in case you would like to print extra copies:

SMART Goal Planner

Access, Time and Money worksheet

My Gambling Diary

Me Today Planner

What Will I Gain worksheet

Building a Support Network worksheet

Mood Diary

Boundaries Map

Stress Checklist

BigDeal is a great service offering all kinds of helpful information about gambling, you can also access support from them too free of charge.

Gamblers Anonymous provide support groups for anyone wanting to stop gambling. Visit their page to find a group near you.

NHS information page provides information about problem gambling.  

The Gambling Commission is responsible for licencing and monitoring gambling in the UK. Visit their page to find out more about what they do, access support or make a complaint about a gambling businesses conduct.

GAMSTOP lets you put controls in place to restrict your online gambling activities. You will be prevented from using gambling websites and apps run by companies licensed in Great Britain, for a period of your choosing.

Gambling Therapy is a global service offering free practical online advice and emotional support to anyone affected by problem gambling