Sometimes our lifestyle can add unforeseen pressure and uncertainty to our lives and this isn't always easy to deal with.
You can get advice, help and support to help you if you identify with these lifestyles:
How safe is your gambling?
Are gambling problems affecting you, or somebody you know?
GamCare may be able to help. GamCare is the leading national provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling.
What support do GamCare offer?
GamCare operates the National Gambling Helpline, providing information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling harms. The advisers are available 24 hours a day on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or via web chat.
They also offer one-to-one talking therapies, group chat rooms, online moderated forums and other resources & links to alternative services.
If you are not already accessing treatment with GamCare but you are concerned about your gambling behaviour, the GameChange course could help.
GameChange is an online treatment course for those who are concerned about their gambling behaviour, supported by regular contact with a GamCare therapist. The course has been designed so you can work at your own pace, wherever is most convenient for you, over the course of eight weeks and eight learning modules.
For more information about the course, please visit the website: GameChange Course, by GamCare
Loneliness is a feeling and it affects everyone differently. You can be surrounded by people every day yet still feel lonely, whereas someone else may be on their own most of the time yet not feel lonely at all. There is nothing wrong with being on your own if you enjoy your own company but for some this feeling of loneliness is not nice.
Everyone has different social needs; some people like to speak to very few people but others like to enjoy a large amount of interaction with others. There could be a number of factors in our lives that could lead us to suddenly feel alone, such as:
- the loss of a loved one (partner, child, relative, friend and even pet)
- moving to live somewhere else
- loss of a job or retirement
Help and support
If you're feeling lonely there are organisations that can help you:
- Age UK Leicester-Shire and Rutland is a local charity that helps the older community feel happier, active, fulfilled and socially-engaged
- Mind - Coping with loneliness provides you with tips that may help you
- The Silver Line provides a confidential, free helpline for those aged 55 years and over across the UK
- 0800 4 70 80 90 open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
A large part of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is rural and evidence shows rural communities have a greater risk of mental health problems due to factors such as access to services, social exclusion and rural deprivation (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2018).
Help and support
If you're part of a rural community and you feel you need some help, you can contact: