Real concernsThe parents of 24-year-old Jack Ritchie, who took his own life after battling a gambling addiction, have come out in support of the new clinics. Ritchie was 17 when he began gambling, and sadly took his own life 7 years later. His parents, Liz and Charlie, founded the charity Gambling with Lives. This comes after they felt that the seriousness surrounding their son’s situation was not recognised and that it spiralled out of control very quickly. Liz Ritchie, Jack’s Mum, said:
of course it’s wonderful. And if Jack had had a referral there, then it probably would have saved his life.She also said that the links to primary care are just as important and that GPs need to begin proper training on how to deal with these issues. The founder of the new Problem Gambling clinic, Henrietta Bowden-James, said:
gambling disorder is a destructive condition which doesnt discriminate. It wrecks lives, pulls families into debt and can leave people feeling suicidal.
A real government response?Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also come out and stated:
I have seen first hand the devastating impact gambling addiction can have on people’s lives and I am determined to do everything I can to help anyone affected and get the support they need.He went on to say: We know that too many young people face their lives being blighted by problem gambling so these new clinics will also look at what more can be done to help them.
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