Sessions

What Do I Offer?

In my sessions I will not only talk about gambling and the reason why the modern generation needs to be so aware and are more vulnerable than ever, but also the world of online gaming. I explore the increasingly blurred lines between gambling and gaming, help young people recognise signs in themselves and others, and explore the impact that these things can have on mental health and areas of life.

Education

  • 1 hour PSHE Talk – Gambling, Addiction and Mental Health Awareness and Protection
  • Combination of hard-hitting, personal lived experience story, awareness and education.
  • Full-day packages to deliver sessions to pupils, parents and staff or whole school across different sessions
  • Staff INSET Talks and Workshops focusing on staff mental health and wellbeing and self-care.
  • Parent Talks and Workshops
  • PSHE Resources on both gambling and online gaming based on lived experience and PSHE curriculum.

Corporate Clients

  • Gambling, Addiction and Mental Health Awareness and Protection
  • Combination of hard-hitting, personal lived experience story, awareness and protection about employee mental health and wellbeing.
  • Full-day packages to deliver sessions to employees in a more interactive and discussion-based environment.
  • Provision of digital resources and information packs for all employees.

What Does A Session Include?

Patrick speakingg to a group of young adults
  • Sharing of personal, real and hard-hitting story / example of living with addiction.
  • Providing insightful and impactful facts and figures around gambling and online gaming and why awareness and education is so important for young people and why this is no longer an issue that schools can ignore in safeguarding their pupils.
  • Offering advice in how individuals can spot signs in themselves and others and where that help can be found/signposting help.
  • Explaining the convergence between online video gaming and gambling and how one is providing a ‘gateway’ for the other as well as raising awareness of the emergence of other markets.
  • Information about the importance of proactivity around mental health and exploring healthy vs unhealthy coping strategies when it comes to addictive substances and behaviours.
  • Raising awareness and understanding of why young people are so vulnerable and what they can do to protect themselves and how others can help and play a part.