Young gaming addicts able to access specialist NHS treatment

Young gaming addicts able to access specialist NHS treatment

Young gaming addicts able to access specialist NHS treatment for the first time.

Health professionals have been calling for gambling and internet firms to take more responsibility for their users.

The NHS is now ready to accept referrals for youngsters addicted to video games.

The new service for gaming-addicted youngsters aged 13 to 25, where professionals will be able to hold consultations via Skype, is part of the Centre for Internet and Gaming Disorders.

It follows the announcement in June that children with gambling addiction would be able to access specialist services, as well as the creation of 14 new adult NHS gambling clinics across the UK. The Northern Gambling Service clinic in Leeds is the first outside of London and opened last month

NHS chief executive, Simon Stevens, said: “Health needs are constantly changing which is why the NHS must never stand still – this new service is a response to an emerging problem, part of the increasing pressures that children and young people are exposed to these days.

“However, the NHS should not be left to pick up the pieces – gambling and internet firms have a responsibility to their users as well as their shareholders and should do their utmost to prevent rather than cash in on obsessive or harmful behaviour.”

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