Welcome to the Self Help Hub's guide to supporting services & resources - listed under this section G are resources supporting the following subject areas: Gambling, Gangs, Gender Identity and Grief.
Gambling and gaming may start out by seeming to be just a 'bit of fun' but can develop into a problem. Reach out to one of the organisations below if you feel you or someone you know needs support, information or advice:
What is Gambling?
Gambling is when you 'stake or risk money, or anything of value, on the outcome of something involving chance'. Examples include bingo, betting, casinos, racing etc.
The legal age for most gambling in the UK is 18 with some exceptions for scratch cards and the National Lottery where the age is 16.
GambleAware - 0808 8020 133
For help, support and advice for people in the UK about problem gambling, providing information to help people make informed decisions about their gambling. Either call the National Gambling Helpline for support or contact the NetLine service for confidential advice, information and emotional support.
GamCare 0808 8020 133
GamCare is the leading national provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling. Watch a short introductory video about GamCare here, visit their website or call the National Gambling Helpline above for support.
Gamstop is a free self-exclusion service set up to help you avoid online gambling.
Safer Gambling Week
SGW is a cross-industry initiative to promote safer gambling in the UK. 2020 Event - SGW 19-25 November 2020.
YGAM (Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust)
YGAM is an educational charity aiming to provide the tools and information to build resilience, inform, educate and safeguard young people about the potential harms of Gaming and Gambling. It does not provide direct treatment or support but has an extensive directory and resources for schools, universities and youth organisations to help people to get the support they need.
- Parents can also access the YGAM Parents Hub here for information and advice.
- University students can access the Student YGAM site here for resources and information.
Fearless is a 24/7 site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. Fearless can also provide you with a safe place to give information to them about crime via an online form - 100% anonymously.
Gangsline 01375 483 239 & 07753 351 256
Charity providing help and support to young men and women involved in gang culture including information, mentoring and advice.
Missing People - Safecall 116000
If you are caught up in a gang or going country or are a family member worried about your loved one being involved with a gang, contact Safecall for support. SafeCall is a free, 24/7 confidential helpline or you can email email@example.com
NSPCC Dedicated Helpline: Gangs - 0808 800 5000
You can speak to the NSPCC if you're worried about a young person who is involved in or at risk from gangs.
Please take a look at our Gender and Sexuality leaflet available for free download.
An organisation offering information and support for trans youth including youth groups for young trans people, non-binary and questioning young people aged under 21*. No matter how you identify, Gendered Intelligence's trans youth groups are open to all young trans people - whether you're brand new to identifying as trans, still questioning your identity, or if you consider yourself to be post-transition or as having a trans history.
Gender Construction Kit
A guide to altering things linked to gender, from pronouns, hair and voice to legal advice.
The UK’s leading LGBTQ Muslim charity providing information & groups for the 18+ age group.
0345 3 30 30 30
Organisation for all ages with resources plus helpline LGBT. -
Mermaids - 0808 801 0400
Family and individual information and support for gender diverse and transgender young people under 19.
Metro (London region only)
Free one-to-one therapy for LGBTQ young people in London, UK.
Mosaic LGBT Trust
The Mosaic LGBT Trust aims to support, educate and inspire young LGBT+ people and those around them. They provide activities, programmes, services and resources to support and advocate for LGBT+rights. They provide a mentoring scheme for young LGBT+ people to get impartial advice as well as a Culture Club and localised Youth Club.
Stonewall - 0800 0502020
The UK charity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies offering information, advice and local support advice.
Trans Student Education Trust
A youth-led organisation dedicated to transforming the educational environment. Resources section including Gender Unicorn, Definitions and posters.
Grief is a natural part of the mourning process following the loss of a friend, family member, pet or someone or something important to us.
Grieving is a very individual process and there is no 'right' or 'wrong' way to feel following a loss. Your feelings may change from day to day, from moment to moment – shock, anger, disbelief, sadness, relief and numbness are all very common symptoms. The things that feel helpful in coping with these feelings will also vary from person to person.
If you or someone you know has been affected by loss, you can find a list of organisations and resources to support you in the Bereavement section in our A-Z Directory under B - link here.