Gambling Awareness Project Sheffield

Seeking help is often the first step towards getting and staying well, but it can be hard to know how to start or where to turn to. It's common to feel unsure, and to wonder whether you should try to handle things on your own. But it's always ok to ask for help.  

Gambling-related harms can impact many areas of our lives including our mental health, finances and relationships. If you are worried about how gambling is impacting your life and you would like support it’s important to know that help is available. Below is some information on GAPS services and other services available which offer confidential advice, support and therapy.  We have also included some helpful advice and tools which are available to prevent and reduce gambling harms. 


1:1 Support @ GAPS  

GAPS at Sheffield Mind now offer 1-2-1 appointments for young people aged 11-25 who may be at risk of developing, or already experiencing gambling-related harms. The appointments are available online, via telephone or face to face and give young people the opportunity to share any difficulties they are experiencing and find out where they can get help. We will work with you at your own pace to achieve personal goals, and offer support to prevent and reduce gambling-related harms. If you would like to book an appointment with one of the team please contact us at [email protected] or by telephone 0114 258 4489.  


GAPS Club  

Here at Sheffield Mind we run the GAPS club for young people aged 16-25 who are at risk of developing, or already having, gambling related issues. The GAPS club has been designed for young people who are at risk of developing, or already having, gambling related harms and to use their own experiences to help each other. You can find out more information about GAPS Club here. 


Other Helpful Services  

There are various organisations which provide confidential support, peer support and therapy for people experiencing gambling-related harms. You can find a list of helpful organisations here which can help. 



If you are struggling with gambling-related harm one thing you can do is to self-exclude from gambling. This is when you exclude yourself from being able to go into a bookmakers or block yourself from accessing gambling websites online.  You can find a list of self-exclusion platforms here. You can also find more information on how to self-exclude here. 


Financial Support  

If you are experiencing gambling-related harm it’s likely that your finances may suffer as a as consequence. You can find a list of helpful organisations here who might be able to help with any money worries you may have. 


If you think gambling is having a negative impact on your life  our expert by experience, Kieren, has some further guidance: 

  • Talk to someone if you are worried about your gambling habits, whether this be friends, family or a professional. 

  • Where possible let someone else look after your money for a period of time however its important you can still access money that’s essential such as for bills, food and travel. 

  • Self-exclude. This is when you exclude yourself from being able to go into a bookmakers or ban yourself for accessing gambling websites online. 

  • Spend more time with family and friends who do not gamble 

  • If you have to look after your own money, ask your bank if they have a facility to turn off gambling transactions, Monzo Bank do this for example. 

  • Remove any gambling apps from your devices. 

  • Don’t watch gambling streams. 

  • Plan out your day without gambling planned in. 

  • Change your email address/socials so you don’t receive gambling related emails 

  • Develop other hobbies to distract yourself from gambling. Maybe learn to play an instrument or try a new sport!