Moreandmoreyoungpeoplearegettinginvolvedingamblingactivities,andmanyarefindingthemselvesdevelopingunhealthygamblinghabits。

Whilemanyproblemgamblingsupportorganisationsareimprovingandexpandingtheirsupportforadults,itisalsocrucialforthesegroupstoconsiderthegrowingneedforassistancethatisgearedtowardsyoungerindividuals。

AccordingtoareportbytheBBC,thereisnotenoughsupportavailableforyoungpeopleinEnglandwhoaresufferingfromgamblingaddictions。

GamCarenotedthat3000youngpeoplebetweentheagesof18and24calledtheserviceforhelpwiththeircompulsivegamblingbehaviour。

However,theNatCentreforSocialResearchfoundthat83000youngpeoplebetweentheagesof16and24areproblemgamblers。

Thatthereareawiderangeofreasonsthatyoungproblemgamblersdonotcomeforwardtoseekhelp。

Manyyoungpeopleareunawareofalloftheoptionsavailable,andothersaretooafraid。

Problemgamblingisacompulsionthatisveryeasytohideuntilitistoolate。

Itisattachedtoastigmainwhichproblemgamblersaremadetofeelshamedratherthanbeinglookedatasavictim。

Itsalmostshamefultoaskforhelpwiththissortofanaddictionbecauseyoufeelembarrassed,says24-year-oldDaveHopson,whoisunsureofwhereapersonhisageshouldgoforhelpwiththeirgamblingaddiction。

Wheredoyoustart?

DoyougotoAE?

Wheredoyoustarttolook?

Iwasnevertaughtabout[gambling]addictionatschool。

InAustralia,responsiblegamblingorganisationsareworkingonasolutiontothisproblem。

Anewprogramhasbeenimplementedatschoolsacrossthecountry,whichteachesyoungpeopleabouttherisksofproblemgambling。