People in the north of Scotland are invited to an event to discuss the impact that gambling can have on people, families and communities.
The Moray Wellbeing Hub and the the ALLIANCE will host a virtual event entitled ‘Together we can turn Harm to Hope: Focus on Gambling Harm’ on Tuesday 9th March 3:45 – 5:30pm (this link will take you away from our website). The event is intended to open a conversation about the impacts of gambling and explore some priorities for reducing gambling harm. It is open to anyone with an interest in the topic and who would like to learn more about work taking place across Scotland to reduce gambling harm.
Will Griffiths, Programme Manager at the ALLIANCE said,
“Gambling is a public health issue. People can experience a wide range of harms linked to gambling including: money problems; relationship breakdown; stress and anxiety; and in some extreme circumstances, suicide. For every person that experiences problems with gambling, on average six other people in their lives will be negatively affected. Whilst anyone can be affected at any time, we know that some people and communities are more vulnerable to gambling harm than others.
“This situation has, in all likelihood, been exacerbated by the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. As we move from managing the pandemic toward renewal and recovery, taking action now to tackle gambling harms will help make Scotland a better, fairer place to live. To do this effectively, we need to work in partnership to understand the impacts of gambling and the evidence around the steps we can take to protect people and communities.”
The event will be the first of series of events the ALLIANCE will be running in the ‘Harm to Hope’ series, exploring how we can address key societal harms as we rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic. Other events will explore topics such as mental health problems, suicide prevention, drug harm and alcohol harm.