Specialist children's gaming addiction clinic opened by NHS

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Posted 8th Oct
Starting from today children as young as 13 years old can now have consultation sessions for their video game addictions through a new service brought by the NHS. The clinic is part of the National Centre for Behavioural Addictions in London, sessions are also available online for the children aged 13-25 via Skype.

G.Ps and other healthcare professionals can refer children and young adults in this age bracket to the service with consultations beginning next month.

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Fiona Smith, professional lead for Children and Young People at the RCN said:

“As technology becomes more accessible and more advanced, it’s unsurprising that more and more young people are potentially* being negatively affected by excessive screen time to the point where it effects their daily lives. The damage of addiction of any kind goes beyond the child or young person, causing distress to parents, families and friends.

“Whilst the NHS has a duty of care and is adapting to these modern challenges, it, and taxpayers, can’t foot the bill alone. Online gaming firms and global social media firms who make millions of pounds of profit must take more responsibility by keeping their platforms safe, and introduce safeguards to reduce the burden on the health service.

“Any new service also needs the health care professionals to staff it, but in England alone there are 40,000 nursing vacancies. Until there is substantial investment in the nursing workforce, the safe and effective staffing of all services, in all settings will remain a challenge. This includes investment in school nurses who could ultimately provide early support to those children and young people at a much earlier stage.”

[More can be read at The National Health Executive]
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I don’t believe the bill should be on gaming firms. It should be parents. Parents buy the games willy-nilly. I know a few parents who just buy their “special acorn” the latest games or fifa packs etc. but have no idea what they are.......then wonder why Sebastian screams when he doesn’t get inform Ronaldo after spending all his £100 birthday money on packs. Ignorance breeds ignorant. My brothers fiancé works in mental health and she already says NHS services are being stretched without this being a problem which should never have been. Meanwhile I get stuck on waiting lists pushed to the bottom and given this that and the other pills whilst being told what I need but it’s something they can’t offer and I need to go private but they can offer help to kids addicted to games. What a state this word is becoming
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Interesting read & I agree with what RCN has said, its a sad state as what has become that the stretched NHS now has to deal with this

Who was around to help me when I was freaking out playing Toejam & Earl panic on funkotron.
I don’t believe the bill should be on gaming firms. It should be parents. Parents buy the games willy-nilly. I know a few parents who just buy their “special acorn” the latest games or fifa packs etc. but have no idea what they are.......then wonder why Sebastian screams when he doesn’t get inform Ronaldo after spending all his £100 birthday money on packs. Ignorance breeds ignorant. My brothers fiancé works in mental health and she already says NHS services are being stretched without this being a problem which should never have been. Meanwhile I get stuck on waiting lists pushed to the bottom and given this that and the other pills whilst being told what I need but it’s something they can’t offer and I need to go private but they can offer help to kids addicted to games. What a state this word is becoming
But why?

Just why?
Gaming addiction isn’t a life-threatening problem. The resources that the NHS have put into this would have been much better to go into such.
Trouble is many parents use gaming consoles as "Babysitting machines " for many hours a day , presumably without thinking of the damage they are doing to their progeny ?
Maybe a better use of resources would be to teach parents the dangers of children's gaming rather than having to treat said children years later for their addiction ? I know there has been plenty of advice around this for years , but presumably ignored by many parents.
Edited by: "rogparki" 8th Oct
The world is becoming a real version of the great show Modern Toss
“My son got fat on your crisps what you gonna do about it?!”
“My daughter got addicted to Fortnite where’s my compo”

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"Children aged 13-25"
Mechtup08/10/2019 13:01

Gaming addiction isn’t a life-threatening problem. The resources that the N …Gaming addiction isn’t a life-threatening problem. The resources that the NHS have put into this would have been much better to go into such.


I recall that a few have actually died due to gaming
DanSpaghetti08/10/2019 12:57

I don’t believe the bill should be on gaming firms. It should be parents. P …I don’t believe the bill should be on gaming firms. It should be parents. Parents buy the games willy-nilly. I know a few parents who just buy their “special acorn” the latest games or fifa packs etc. but have no idea what they are.......then wonder why Sebastian screams when he doesn’t get inform Ronaldo after spending all his £100 birthday money on packs. Ignorance breeds ignorant. My brothers fiancé works in mental health and she already says NHS services are being stretched without this being a problem which should never have been. Meanwhile I get stuck on waiting lists pushed to the bottom and given this that and the other pills whilst being told what I need but it’s something they can’t offer and I need to go private but they can offer help to kids addicted to games. What a state this word is becoming


Pretty selfish comment, by your logic my healthcare should come before anyone who smokes, vapes, drinks, is overweight or takes any recreational drugs?? Heck, while we're at it, we can add everyone who takes part in any sport with a perceived danger element as they are clearly asking for it too!! (but not driving or cycling as I do those so they should be exempt)
frakison08/10/2019 14:22

Pretty selfish comment, by your logic my healthcare should come before …Pretty selfish comment, by your logic my healthcare should come before anyone who smokes, vapes, drinks, is overweight or takes any recreational drugs?? Heck, while we're at it, we can add everyone who takes part in any sport with a perceived danger element as they are clearly asking for it too!! (but not driving or cycling as I do those so they should be exempt)


Yep that’s exactly what’s I said, glad you cleared that up.
What about an addiction clinic for the likes of facebook, texting and reality TV
.Yoshi.08/10/2019 15:27

What about an addiction clinic for the likes of facebook, texting and …What about an addiction clinic for the likes of facebook, texting and reality TV



The clinic would need to be the size of Wales to fit in all the Snowflakes of the "Entitled Generation " . And that's just the "Brits" .
Edited by: "rogparki" 8th Oct
I was properly addicted to championship manager as a teenager up the point where it was affecting my school work. If this had been around when I was younger I doubt I would have used it but it is good people can get help but it has to be in conjunction with better education for adults who dont seem to realise the harm they could be doing to their children
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