Understanding Addiction: Gambling – Danny grew up with a positive culture of gambling, but a lot has changed since he was younger, and gambling can now be accessed far more easily – not just due to an increase in high-street bookmakers, but also because of the enormous surge in online options. What started as a bit of fun in his late teens spiralled into an addiction that put him in £50,000 of debt and led to suicidal thoughts. At the root of his dependency was the need to escape the trauma of losing his mum to cancer. Now he is debt-free thanks to the help of a community he fostered, an app that can block him making payments on gambling sites, and advice from charities. Watch him share his story now.
If you are affected by any of the content on screen or would like to know more, gambling addiction has been recognised since 2013 as an affliction equal to drug and alcohol dependency – there are a number of NHS linked clinics and UK wide charities that can help people struggling with it.
Doorways: Sophie became homeless at the age of 18 when, with both her parents suffering from serious illnesses, family life became increasingly difficult. Sophie describes her time on the streets and in supported housing as she gradually gets her life back together.
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I’m No Role Model
A past winner of “The Apprentice”, Tim Campbell, doesn’t believe he’s a role model… but he certainly has a few Bright Ideas.
I Know What I Want
Mary’s family left their homeland to give her a good education and a better future, but she rebelled. Her parents wanted her to become a dentist, but she was more interested in singing. Here she talks about how she eventually realised that she was being selfish, and why she decided to fulfill her parents’ wishes.
Getting Into Space
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a space scientist. She talks about how she got into her job, what her average day entails, and what her career dreams are.
Success Or Happiness?
How much impact does our job have on our well being and happiness? Justin, a school leaver, asks if we often sacrifice happiness for success not because of what we want, but due to a fear of judgement by others.
Be Your Own Boss
Adam set up his own business at 17. Now aged 21 he runs a number of successful companies. Here he gives advice to Natalie, who has completed a law degree and has decided to start her own business.