An Introduction to GaMHive
GaMHive was launched in January 2022. Their members have been brought together through their experience with gambling-related harm. Their mission is to signpost those affected, either directly or indirectly by gambling, to organisations that could offer support with regards to counselling, education, recovery, and staying well. They aim to address the stigma associated with gambling addiction and by doing so, encourage others to seek help. The support services which are signposted, are accessible to everyone and the support can be tailored to meet the individual’s needs.
The initiative is from the Greater Manchester area with the hope of providing a service to the community in that region. They aim to raise awareness of the negative impact of advertising to vulnerable individuals, the detrimental harm of subliminal advertising, and the easy access of gambling products to the young, in particular.
They will be working alongside other support organisations, such as NHS gambling service, Beacon counselling, Gamblers Anonymous, and GamFam, to name a few, to provide a holistic approach to the support offered so that those accessing support would find the service that is suitable for them.
For more information please visit their website.
GaMHive’s core aims are to:
- Raise awareness and reduce stigma of gambling related harm in Greater Manchester
- Collaborate and signpost those experiencing gambling related harm, either as a gambler or an affected other, towards support and guidance organisations
- Advocate for lasting policy change locally and nationally
- To give voices of lived experience the opportunity to contribute to the development of research, education and treatment services within Greater Manchester