Latvia to offer psychologist sessions to problem gamblers

Latvian gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) has announced an initiative where customers experiencing gambling-related issues can access state-funded psychologist support.
Latvia to offer psychologist sessions to problem gamblers
  • Latvian gambling regulator IAUI to provide state-funded psychologist support to those affected by problem gambling.
  • Sessions are to be held every weekday from 8:30 to 17:00 at the organisation’s premises in the Latvian of Riga by qualified psychologist Magdalēna Pranaite.
  • The IAUI said, A psychologist can help them take this first step, which involves recognising, accepting and finding solutions to a problem.

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Late last week, Latvia gambling regulator the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI) announced a new programme through which customers suffering with gambling-related problems can access state-funded psychologist support.

The IAUI will provide this service to players as well as their family and friends who may have been impacted negatively by problem gambling. Sessions are to be held every weekday from 8:30 to 17:00 at the organisation’s premises in the Latvian of Riga, where qualified psychologist Magdalēna Pranaite will deliver these sessions free of charge.

Speaking on this, the IAUI said, “When gambling becomes addictive, not only the player suffers, but also people close to them and they need the help of their whole family. However, it’s up to the player to take the first step themselves. A psychologist can help them take this first step, which involves recognising, accepting and finding solutions to a problem.”

Consumers who are interested in this scheme can contact the IAUI regarding registering for the sessions.

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About gambling in Latvia

In May 2019, research by the IAUI revealed that the Latvian gambling market generated a total of €77.5m (£69.6m/$86.9m) between January and March 2019, an increase of 15.3% from the corresponding period last year. Income from gambling also rose 15.9% from €63.5m to €73.6m, with gaming machines the most popular form of betting in the country.

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