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Getting Gambling Harms ‘on the agenda’ across the board

  The two of us (The Machine Zone) have seen the growth of some amazing lived experience organisations in recent times. These are providing vital support for people and spaces for combined grassroots vision and activity. They have networked with statutory and third sector agencies and been part of movements to raise awareness of gambling related harms, and call for regulatory interventions.  ...

Grassroots Action to Support Recovery from Gambling Harms in Glasgow

It is heartening to see the inclusion of gambling harms recovery with substance recovery in Glasgow.   Glasgow North West Recovery Communities has included gambling as a topic in their six-weekly ROSC (Recovery Oriented System of Care) meetings. They have shown our film One Last Spin twice and will do so again later in the year. Their website includes support options for gambling recovery.   The...

2023 in Review

Towards the end of the year a screening of One Last Spin at Platform, Easterhouse was followed by audience discussion with panel seen here. L- R: Ronnie Cowan MP, Vice Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm; Georgina Charlton, Manager of Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm at the Alliance; Councillor Laura Doherty, lead on Council strategy to reduce gambling harm; Martin...

Sneak Peek: Programme for Our Easterhouse Event

We are greatly looking forward to our evening at Platform, Easterhouse for an arts-based event raising awareness of gambling harms. Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, we'll be joined by international musician Amanda Lehmann, members of Simon Community Scotland's We See You drama group who'll perform pieces based on lived experience of gambling harm, and a great panel who'll join...

Some notes on screening for gambling harms

The case for GPs to screen for gambling harms has been made by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (5 October) just as alcohol and other drug use are screened. We have referred to frontline workers' awareness of screening in recent years, for instance on this site in a toolkit. Also we have two documents specifically about screening. See here and here.

A Night to Remember!

We are greatly looking forward to an event themed around raising awareness of gambling harms at Platform, Easterhouse, Glasgow. October 17 6.30 p.m. The beautiful Platform auditorium will  host drama, poetry and song alongside a screening of the hard-hitting film One Last Spin which will be followed by discussion between audience and a great guest panel.Our special guest is internationally...

Addiction IS a mental health issue

The customary division between 'mental health AND addiction' is pernicious.     In practice, people are shuttled between pillar and post as they seek support. Addiction services are structured as separate from mental health services. Perhaps this is a hangover from a questionable attitude to the nature of 'addiction'. In reality, addiction  is one of the most severe and pervasive...

Quick Links to Support

Part of our Glasgow City Gambling Harms Project is to identify good sources of support for those suffering from gambling harms. We have produced a 'bare bones' list in Word format so you can copy and paste anything relevant to your work (and learn about some of the services). Access the list here: Quick Links to Support Arising from Gambling Issues We also have these listed on our SUPPORT page...

Gambling Harms in Glasgow: some context

People Make Glasgow as the city motto has it. Yet it is useful to think of any city not as one people but many peoples in many different communities. Indeed, you could say of any city that it is many cities.   In Glasgow it is impossible not to see by just walking around the citizens of the many cities sharing the same geographical space. There are for instance clear examples of inequality....