The RecoverMe app was developed by three junior doctors in consultation with psychiatrists, psychologists and those currently struggling with gambling addiction. It uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat problems.
The app is intended to help make treatment more accessible and affordable for problem gamblers by providing a support option for players. It is designed to help users reflect on their gambling habits, challenge thought processes around gambling and access mindfulness sessions.
The club said its investment in RecoverMe will go towards adding further features and reducing its cost to users.
“We wholeheartedly believe RecoverMe will provide a lifeline to those suffering in silence,” RecoverMe co-founder Minal Jain said. “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.”
Earlier this year, Southampton announced that it had partnered with Cryptocurrency-based betting operator Sportsbet.io as its main shirt sponsor for the 2020-21 season after the club said the operator “stepped in at short notice” with the one-year deal following a premature end to the operator’s previous sponsorship deal.
Southampton chief commercial officer David Thomas said RecoverMe was well-aligned with the club’s values towards responsible gambling.
“I am delighted to announce the club’s support for RecoverMe,” Thomas said. “The club takes its responsibility to promoting 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.”