Various charities, including the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust, attended a National League fixture to raise awareness of gambling-related harms and the support available to fans.
Invited by Chesterfield FC for its match against Altrincham FC, YGAM, along with GamCare, Mentell, British Red Cross and Derbyshire County Council Public Health, attended the Technique Stadium to talk to fans inside and outside the ground before kick-off.
Furthermore, the teams also distributed leaflets with information on how to keep fans safe when gambling.
“This was a really important matchday initiative from the club and we were delighted to be part of it,” explained Daniel Bliss, director of external affairs at YGAM. “It is crucial we all work together to raise awareness of the clear links between gambling harms and poor mental health.
“There will be many people struggling in silence so highlighting the support that is available is vital. If last night’s match inspires someone to reach out to talk about their mental health and access the support they need, it will be a good result.”
The initiative aimed to engage fans and highlight the links between poor mental health and gambling addiction.
Additionally, the TalkBanStop campaign was also promoted at the game, a partnership that combines practical tools with support to help players to stop gambling and “kick-start” their recovery journey.
“I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Spireite Trust for working with us on the gambling awareness initiative,” added Greg Stenson, public health service development officer at Derbyshire County Council. “Gambling is often termed as the ‘hidden’ addiction, therefore it makes identifying and having a conversation with a close friend or relative extremely difficult.
“Engaging with supporters of all ages and backgrounds before the game, and promoting support services, is integral to our public health approach in minimising gambling-related harm.”