Mehrzad has been living in hostels for the past eight months and although he has used substances for the majority of his adult life.  Mez was brought up in and out of care due to his parents having lost the house through gambling debtMez has been spending a lot of time on the slot machines in the 24 hour adult amusements on the high streetHe does not see the slot machines as gambling as it’s all electronic and his family lost their money on the horsesHe feels unsafe in the hostel where he is staying so he sits all night playing the slotsHe has no idea how much money is won or lost until he gets back to his hostelIt is becoming apparent that he is losing more than he can afford and he has started stealing from others to fund his gamblingHe hasn’t told anyone where he spends his nightsHis friends and case worker assume he is spending his money on substances. 

What do you think the potential harms for Mehrzad are?

How would you support Mehrzad to open up about his gambling?

How would you support Mehrzad to acknowledge that he is experiencing harm from his gambling?

What support services or resources, if any, would you suggest for Mehrzad?