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Gambling (17 or under)

1 in 4 Leeds secondary pupils have taken part in gambling. Many of us ‘gamble’ without realising, because it is part of a social activity or (online) game. The definition of gambling is “risking your money, or anything of value, on an uncertain outcome”. Most gambling activities are not officially legal for under 18s.

If you feel that your gambling, or someone else’s, is having a negative impact on your mental/physical health, school work, finances or relationships, then it is important to talk about it with someone you trust or seek help.

GamCare’s Young People’s Service can support anyone aged 18 and under who is having issues with gambling. The service is free, flexible and confidential. They are a non-judgemental team who understand it’s not easy to talk about difficult things. They aim to make things as easy as possibly by tailoring your sessions around you in a way that makes you feel most comfortable.

Useful links

Big Deal

Information for young people related to gambling – either for themselves or someone they care about.

Go to Big Deal

National Gambling Helpline

Information or brief advice for anyone affected by gambling problems.

Open 24/7

Chat function and forums also available.

Find out more Call 08088020133

Young People's Support Service

Digital 1-to-1 tailored support for young people and/or their carers.

Find out more

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If you’re looking for more information to support a young person you care for with their mental health, visit our parent and carers page.