Monitor Your Gambling & Urges (MYGU)


Monitor Your Gambling and Urges (MYGU) is an interactive self-monitoring tool for people with gambling problems. It is available as a mobile application and a website - and you can use both interchangeably. The program allows you to keep track of your gambling behaviour. You are encouraged to make a diary entry every time you have an urge to gamble. The diary prompts you to record details about the urge, including the date/time, details about what you did, the trigger and the outcome. These details are all recorded and can be used to generate a range of reports, such as the frequency of different triggers and consequences of gambling over varying time periods. Registration for MYGU gives you access to a suite of online self-help gambling tools developed by PGIO.

Service URL:
Agency Responsible:
Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario (PGIO), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Ontario.
Mobile Platforms:
Apple, Android and Blackberry.


Smartphone Application. Available as a mobile app and website
Intervention Type:
Other. Self-monitoring
Course Structure:
No Set Course.
Course Length:
Moderate (2-5 modules). A diary tool and summary reports
Support Option:
Automated only. A range of summary reports based on the information you have recorded

Target Audience

Primary Category:
Target Audiences:
Adult and Young Adult.


Mobile platforms:
Free. Both the mobile app and website are free.
Open: With registration. Registration is anonymous - no identifying information is collected, you only need an email address.
Contact Details:

Research evidence

Research Trials:
Research RCTs:
Outcome Summary:

No research evidence on the effectiveness of this program is currently available, although a three-year evaluation study is planned. The reference cited below describes the program and its development.

Recommended rating, reviewer 1:

There is no evidence at the moment.
Recommended rating, reviewer 2:

There is no evidence at the moment.

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Research paper citations

Additional references:
Weyman, M. (2012) The New Online Tools: Increasing Access to Help. International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and Risky Behaviour Newsletter, 12 (1): 1-3.

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Last Updated: October 23rd 2012