PayPlan, a provider of free and simple debt advice, has announced its support for a campaign aimed at ending the stigma surrounding gambling addiction. Last week, GambleAware launched a new initiative to break down the stigma associated with problem gambling and is encouraging those affected to speak openly about their struggles.
According to a recent report, 64% of adults who have experienced gambling problems have never discussed it, with 39% attributing their silence to the pervasive stigma. However, among those who did open up, 76% reported feeling better after discussing their gambling issues.
PayPlan conducted its own research and found that 30% of its clients believe gambling has had a negative impact on their mental health. Additional research by GambleAware highlighted that three out of five people agree that those facing gambling addiction are negatively judged, and 56% believe it is important to challenge the associated stigma.
Zoë Osmond, Chief Executive of GambleAware, explained the hidden and complex nature of gambling addiction, emphasizing the need for open conversations and awareness of available support services when seeking financial assistance.
PayPlan’s Vulnerability Lead, Emma Gibbons, expressed the organization’s commitment to collaboration with GamCare in providing debt advice and training to the financial services sector.
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