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About the FRC Problem Gambling Support Services

Launched in 2022, this new service, The FRC Problem Gambling Support Service, is led and supported by the Family Resource Centre National Forum (FRCNF). The FRCNF work with to provide a community-based model of support for anyone struggling with problem gambling. This professional and confidential counselling service is available to anyone experiencing harmful gambling, their families or friends through the Family Resource Centres listed here.

Find a complete list of Family Resource Centres providing Problem Gambling Support Services here.

Q1 2023 Outcomes

The FRC Problem Gambling Support Service delivered 528 therapeutic sessions during the first three months of 2023, of which 445 sessions were in-person, with the remainder delivered online.


During Q1, the FRC Problem Gambling Support Service supported the following number of problem gamblers, their families and friends (affected others) who reached out to an FRC Problem Gambling Support Service.

A total of 94 people reached out for therapeutic support, 69 of whom were male and 25 were female; 65 were Problem Gamblers, and 29 were affected others; 76 contacts were self-referrals with different agencies and support services referring the remainder. These included the HSE Drugs and Alcohol Services, FRCs, and MABs. Of the 94 who reached out for support, 56 individuals were aged between 25-44, and 26 individuals were aged between 45-64. ​The most common recorded form of gambling was online gambling, followed by bookmakers, with slots and casinos also being mentioned.

How the FRC Problem Gambling Support Service is funded :

This service is funded by the Gambling Awareness Trust (GAT), an independent charity established in 2019 to fund research, education and treatment services to help minimise gambling-related harm in Ireland.  GAT is administered by a voluntary board of trustees and is funded by donations from Ireland's online and retail betting and gaming industry.

Whether you need help for yourself or for someone you care about, there are dedicated support services across the country ranging from residential programmes, in-person counselling, online counselling, and support groups to self-help tools and resources that can help people overcome the impact of Problem Gambling and get their lives back on track.

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