Premier League side Southampton Football Club has offered its support to RecoverMe, a mobile health app tailored towards empowering individuals to manage gambling addiction.

Southampton FC revealed that it ‘will contribute significantly to support the growth and accessibility’ of the mHealth app, forming part of what the team calls ‘a responsibility to raise awareness of the support available for those that might need it’.

Backing the support service, David Thomas, Southampton Football Club’s chief commercial officer, commented: “I am delighted to announce the club’s support for RecoverMe. The club takes its responsibility to promote responsible gambling extremely seriously and it is important that we are proactive in exploring new opportunities to implement our commitment to this cause.

“We’re proud to support the launch of the RecoverMe app and I am excited by the chance to work with an organisation so closely aligned to our values.”

The app was developed by three junior doctors, Minal Jain, Tejus Patel and Adil Nayeem, and aims to help make treatment options ‘more accessible and affordable for those suffering with gambling addiction’.

Commenting on both the app’s launch and partnership with Southampton FC, RecoverMe’s co-founder, Minal Jain, said: “We wholeheartedly believe RecoverMe will provide a lifeline to those suffering in silence.

“It has been incredible to see how motivated Southampton are in creating this meaningful change and we are extremely excited to be working with them to do this and we hope this is just the beginning.”

By using cognitive behavioural therapy RecoverMe allows its users to manage their addiction by reflecting on their gambling habits, challenging thoughts and feelings around gambling and accessing mindfulness sessions, as well as having access to an emergency helpline and self-help exercises.

By investing in RecoverMe, the Premier League side will offer funds for the further development of the app, which will be used to add additional features for assisting in recovery alongside the subsidisation of costs for those which most need support.

Furthermore, the club and RecoverMe will work together to expand, develop and raise awareness of the support that exists on the app for those struggling to manage their gambling habits, as well as extending its reach so that as many users as possible can benefit from it.

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