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Raising awareness of the harm caused by gambling and why things need to change

Raising awareness of the harm caused by gambling and why things need to change

It has been COPEScotland's privilege to meet some fantastic people and organisations.

We have sought to find ways to address concerns around the impact of gambling, including Adrian and Martin. They are a small community interest company which has produced a new film, 'One Last Spin', which offers a new resource to raise conversations in communities around what they see as the challenges of gambling and how to help people connect with support.

The song 'One Last Spin' was written, produced and donated by Amanda Lehmann One Last Spin: the Song is Here! | One Last Spin Is one to add to the playlist. The melody is haunting, and the lyrics offer insight into how lonely it can be when harmed by gambling.

We wanted to take this opportunity to promote the song. Martin and Adrian invite you to watch the film to use it for community screenings or professional training and development. If you'd like to view the film, check out this post at the film's website, and maybe look around while you're there!

Together, we can find ways to address the harms caused by gambling to reduce the suffering experienced by individuals and their families.

If you have been touched by any of the issues in this post, please see the list of possible supports in the attached booklet and check out what is in your area.

 COPEScotland have been champions in seeking to work with communities and other groups and organisations to reduce the incidence of suicide for many years.

We recognise the contributors to someone having thoughts of or acting on thoughts of suicide, so we are pleased to see work being done to explore how we reduce the risk of suicide for people harmed by gambling.

The booklet in this piece shares some of the issues and possible solutions that have emerged from listening to experts, from direct experience and some useful numbers.

The booklet does not replace professional advice.

However, like One Last Spin, and work being done by many others, we hope it helps raise awareness, so those and their families affected feel safe to seek support, and more steps are taken to offer protection, so fewer people are harmed in the first place.

Hopes become realities when we find ways to work together to overcome the challenges.

You may not always have a comfortable life, and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own

by Michelle Obama

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