It’s a known fact that there’s a lot of stigmas around gambling problems and the harm it causes to others. So much so that the Covent Garden trust, The Young Gamers, and Gamblers Education (YGAM) has a plan to tackle the problem.
In fact, a recent study highlighted that 1 in 2 adults of cultural background (other than white British) have gambled in the past 12 months. What’s more, the same research indicated that 1 in 4 of these gamblers was harm directly by their habits. This was pre-pandemic as the studies discussed in this short article are from 2019 and 2020.
But there are even more alarming numbers in the research. For instance, 95% of participants didn’t know they could get help to overcome these issues. And 90% of respondents said that gambling isn’t seen the same way in Asian and black families. That’s why YGAM wants to help.
For YGAM, the key to helping ethnic minorities with gambling addiction is prevention. This is why they’ll soon deploy a series of free training for the 14 to 24 years old. As we understand, they’re even planning to get help from faith leaders to open up the discussion around gambling problems. YGAM intends to facilitate a favorable climate for discussion through its initiative. By doing so, they’re hoping to understand better and support people of various socio-cultural, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds.
But they’re not alone in wanting to make a difference. Indeed, the charity selected 3 partners that’ll work in different channels to spread the message that recovery is possible. But first, it’s about establishing trust with the youth. So they’ll carefully monitor their impact via a pilot program that’ll last 2 years. The various initiatives should touch and improve the lives of around 16,600 youngsters around the London Area.