While there has been growing visibility of women reaching out for help, there is still work required to ensure that women get the right support, right treatment and right environment to deal with the range of complex issues that need to be tackled in helping them address their gambling disorder. Gambling is the hidden addiction, hidden further within that is the story of women gamblers and women who are affected by others.
Last year, across the National Gambling Treatment Service 30% of helpline calls came from women, with 59% seeking help for another and 41% seeking help for themselves. This equates to 9,000 women.
Last year saw an increase of more than 100,000 women going to Gordon Moody’s Gambling Therapy website, taking the total number of hits from women to more than one million. Of the total (one million-plus hits) ‘hits’, nearly 90,000 were from the UK. This was a 76% increase from the previous year.
The Gordon Moody women’s retreat and counselling programme received 160 applications for the 36 places available last year.
There is an absolutely urgent need to tackle this growing crisis with more expertise and resources.
Gordon Moody Association has been addressing this challenge for a number of years through its retreat and counselling programme, but we feel this is just the beginning of what needs to be done and we will be arguing for much more capacity to be built and more expert therapists to be trained in future.