The results of GambleAware's 2021 Annual Treatment and Assistance survey have informed a new series of interactive maps illustrating the prevalence of gambling-related harms and the demand for treatment and support across the United Kingdom.
GambleAware Introduces New Maps to Identify the Incidence of Gambling-Related Harms by Locality
The maps, which were created in collaboration with senior research associate Oliver O'Brien at UCL, depict the frequency of gambling harms in each local authority and parliamentary district, as well as the utilization and reported need for treatment and assistance for gambling harms.
This year, a map depicting the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) across the United Kingdom has been generated for comparison with gambling prevalence, as well as a map depicting the locations and contact information for National Gambling Treatment Service providers.
Director of Research, Information, and Knowledge at GambleAware, Haroon Chowdry, stated, We understand how crucial it is for persons experiencing gambling-related harm to receive early assistance through individualized, needs-based support.
These interactive maps have proven to be a valuable tool for local authorities and service providers in understanding the levels of need in their area and where gaps in provision may exist. Now, members of the public, as well as local services, can utilize them to determine what assistance is available in their area.
Chowdry reflected that as they continue to work in cooperation with the rest of the system to implement a public health approach to addressing gambling harms, we expect that this data will assist in enhancing the available support and ensuring that more people can receive support sooner.
To get access to GambleAware maps, go to their official website.