Gambling Support Organisations
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of people who support each other to overcome gambling problems. There are weekly member meetups, which take place throughout the country. The only requirement for membership of GA is a desire to stop gambling.
Details of meetings throughout the country can be found by clicking on the link below:
Regional Phone Numbers
Dublin: 01 872 1133
Cork: 087 285 9552
Galway: 086 349 4450
Tipperary: 085 783 1045
Waterford: 087 185 0294
Kerry: 087 426 6633
Belfast: 048 9024 9185
Dunlewey was founded in 1987 and has been providing specialist services to those experiencing addiction issues. They offer a free and confidential counselling and mentoring programme for those experiencing difficulties with their own, or other people's addiction issues.
Some of the benefits offered by Dunlewey include:
Free & confidential counselling and mentoring programme
Professionally trained staff with many years' experience in addiction
Services delivered in safe and welcoming environment either in their offices or with one of their counsellors who are available in almost every county in Ireland
Call: ROI 1800 936 725. The helpline is open 7 days a week, 9am – 11pm
Problem Gambling Ireland
Problem Gambling Ireland was launched in 2016, and provides help for those experiencing gambling difficulties. Further information about this service can be obtained by following:
Other Support Organisations
The Samaritans provide assistance to individuals experiencing thoughts of suicide or harm, and offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like and in your own way. You don't have to be suicidal to contact them.
Freephone: 116 123
When you call the Samaritans, a trained volunteer will be available to speak to you. You don't have to give your real name or any personal information, and you can end the call whenever you like. You don't have to be suicidal to call the Samaritans. Further information about this service can be obtained by following:
Pieta House is a service for people who are suicidal or who have experienced self-harm. Their counselling service is completely free.
You can phone the free Pieta House 24-hour suicide helpline on 1800 247 247 or alternatively, text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply)
MABS is the State's money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for more than twenty years. MABS is free, confidential and independent. There are more than sixty MABS offices around Ireland, operated on an appointment system.
Find your local MABS office by clicking on the link below:
Online Resources/ Tools
You may not be certain whether you have a gambling problem. The answer to this question is not always simple because what might constitute a problem for one person may be very damaging to another. It might be more helpful to think about the impact gambling is having on your life: if the negatives outweigh the positives, it's time to act.
In order to help you better assess the impacts gambling is having on your life, GamCare have a self-assessment tool which you might find useful. You can access this tool by clicking on the link below:
You might also wish to try the tool below, which measures the impact of gambling on the basis of the Problem Gambling Severity Index:
Gambling Therapy is a UK based, free online service that provides advice and support to people affected by problem gambling. It is part of the Gordon Moody Association, which is one of the UK's leading gambling addiction treatment providers. More information can be found by clicking on the link below:
Worried about yourself or someone else?
We understand that some people might experience difficulties with their play. If you or someone you know are experiencing issues with gambling, you may want to consider installing website blocking and filtering software such as Gamban on your devices. This blocks access to all online gambling sites.