The Gambling Commission has approved £ 800,000 in compensation for a new regional public health program aimed at reducing harm from betting in Yorkshire and the Humber.
It must educate people about the potential risks of betting and ensure that support and treatment is available for individuals and their families with gambling problems.
The commission hopes the program will improve problem identification through workplace learning initiatives, teach players self-management techniques, refer them to supportive institutions, and ultimately eliminate addictions at high risk groups.
“We welcome this ambitious project in Yorkshire and the Humber,” said Tim Miller, executive director of the Gambling Commission. “A well-planned and coordinated public health approach to this problem is precisely what the National Harm Reduction Strategy of Gambling was designed to do. We are delighted to be able to approve funding that has been agreed through regulatory agreements. ”
The program will last for three years and will be led by regional public health directors. They will oversee efforts to work with individuals and communities to raise awareness and reduce betting addiction.