In keeping with the theme of Mental Health Awareness week we want to give a big shout out to all those that have been battling with gambling addiction or problem gambling. Every second, minute, hour, day, week, month or year you haven’t been gambling is an amazing achievement. If you haven’t made that step yet we would encourage you to do so. Reach out and get support to overcome your challenge.

As the sports games are beginning to creep back into our lives so are the constant barrage of advertisements and talk of bets. Lets overcome that barrage with our own positive message that we will be more resilient. At New Lodge Youth Centre we are working on plans to support young people around problem gambling in the future.

My challenge is to post a status with a number. This number can be the amount of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or years you have haven’t gambled in, you don’t need to disclose which one that is, and share this post to get the positive message out there that you can stop regardless of if you believe yourself to have a gambling problem or not.