Southampton F.C. Supports New RecoverMe App
October 20, 2020
Developed by three doctors – Tejus Patel, Adil Nayeem, and Minal Jain – the app was created for the purpose of helping to make the available gambling addiction treatment and resolution options more accessible and also much more affordable for those individuals in need of help and/or guidance.
The F.C. has said that its support of RecoverMe is motivated by the recognition that gambling forms a big part of a fan’s enjoyment of the game and of the football experience as a whole. But with that having said, the club says it also realises its own responsibility to support its fans in any way possible – which support includes the raising of an awareness of the support systems available to those who might need guidance and help.
The Journey So Far
RecoverMe started out as a humble prototype over two years ago. Since those first days, the application has passed through the hands and expert input of several medical and mental health professionals – including psychiatrists, psychologists, and, perhaps most significantly of all, individuals who have actually personally struggled with addictive behaviour. All of this was done so as to ensure the efficiency of the platform in addressing needs and addiction in a focused and helpful manner.
The practical aspect of how the app works is that it allows users to manage their addictive behaviour by becoming aware of their gambling habits, reflecting on those habits, and then proceeding to challenge their thoughts and ideas and emotions around the realities of gambling and betting on sports. Included too are opportunities to participate in mindfulness sessions, and also ready access to self-help mental and emotional workouts and to a round-the-clock emergency helpline for gambling addicts or relatives of gambling addicts.
Centred Around Individual Needs
What makes the app effective is that it not only encourages individuals to ask for help when help is needed, but that it also does so in a manner than is private and discreet and mindful of the disposition of the individual. Backed by the science of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), RecoverMe will strive to prevent harm caused by an unhealthy relationship with gambling nation-wide.
According to RecoverMe cofounder Dr. Minal Jain, it has been an incredible experience to see exactly how motivated Southampton F.C. has been in its support of creating truly meaningful impact and change. The monetary investment donated by the F.C. will according to Jain be used to drive the further funding of future ongoing developments to be applied to the app.
The club’s funding will ensure ongoing development of those features considered helpful in the gambling addiction road to recovery of the individual and will also help subsidise those costs involved in gaining access to personal help and therapy for individuals ill able to afford it.
F.C.’s Commitment Is Long-Term
The support shown by the club for RecoverMe represents one more step taken by Southampton F.C. as it endeavours to promote responsible gambling practices and a healthy relationship with sports betting from a football fan’s point of view. The club has repeatedly proclaimed its commitment to safe gambling – on matchdays as well as on days featuring no official matches.
The club has also stated its intention of providing all the help required so as to extend the reach of the app to as many users as possible.