Helplink Mental Health operates a free, national gambling problem / issue / addiction counselling service that is available 7 days a week and out-of-hours: online (like Skype but more secure) or by phone. This service is provided by fully accredited addiction counsellors for young people (aged 16 to 18 years) and adults alike. Please go to Helplink’s website by clicking here, for more information on this and their other counselling services; or call 0818 998880 / email [email protected].
Dunlewey was founded in 1987 and has been providing specialist services to those experiencing addiction issues ever since. Dunlewey has branch offices in Belfast, Lisburn, Armagh and Portadown, and access to counsellors in the Republic of Ireland.
Dunlewey offers a free and confidential counselling and mentoring programme for those experiencing difficulties with their own, or other people’s gambling issues. They provide a Freephone service which operates 7 days a week from 9am until 11pm. You can contact Dunlewey on the National Helpline 1800 936 725
The Dunlewey centre has qualified counsellors in almost every county in Ireland. After initial phone counselling, the Dunlewey centre can refer persons for free online face to face counselling sessions with one of their agents during the period of lockdown. These counselling sessions are available for persons affected by problem gambling directly, or for family members affected by problem gambling.
For further information, visit https://dunlewey.net
Gambling Therapy is a free online service that provides practical advice and emotional support to people affected by problem gambling. Gambling Therapy has a number of support services available such as:
- Support Helpline
Gambling Therapy runs a support helpline for people who are worried about their own gambling or someone else’s. A team of expert advisers are available 9am – 5pm to offer support, advice and guidance. For Gambling Therapy’s Support Helpline number or to get more information, visit https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/en/our-problem-gambling-support-helpline.
- Online Support Groups
Gambling Therapy has a number of support groups on a range of subjects for problem gamblers and their families and friends. The support groups are facilitated by trained and experienced support workers. To join one of the online support groups or for further information, visit https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/en/online-support-groups-problem-gamblers-their-friends-and-family
- Support Forums
Gambling Therapy has a wide range of support forums that are available 24/7. As the support forums are accessible internationally, it is very likely that there will be someone to answer your post in real time. To access the support forums, visit https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/en/forum
- Email Support
Gambling Therapy also has an email support service for problem gamblers. Access the online form here: https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/en/email-support-gambling-therapy and a response will be returned within two working days.
There are a number of websites available that provide software to block you from accessing gambling websites. These websites also help you control what is viewed through your browser. Below are some of the websites that provide this service in Ireland.
Gamblock helps problem gamblers by restricting their access to gambling websites. Gamblock’s software uses sophisticated analysis that blocks existing and new gambling websites.
- BetfilterBetfilter is an anti-gambling software which blocks access to gambling websites. Once the software is downloaded and you select a gambling website, it does not allow the website to open and displays “Page Not Found” message.www.betfilter.com
- Net Nanny Net Nanny is a software that protects families and helps them manage their experiences with digital content. Net Nanny helps control what is viewed through your browser via its parental control software giving you the option to block certain websites. www.netnanny.com