Most of us enjoy gambling in some way or other, whether it’s a ticket for the lottery, a flutter on the pokies, or a bet at the TAB. It’s part of our Aussie culture.
If you or someone you know has a problem with gambling there is help and hope.
But for some people gambling becomes a problem when it
- Gets in the way of work, school or other activities
- Starts to affect your physical health or how you feel about yourself
- Hurts you financially
- Causes problems with family, friends or employers.
For every person who has a problem with gambling it’s estimated that another 5- 10 people are impacted: this could be a family member, friend, colleague, employer or employee.
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week runs throughout Australia from 20-26 May and provides an additional opportunity for anyone impacted by problem gambling to seek help. If you, a family member, or anyone you know is affected, call the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858, for free, confidential information, counselling and support or a referral to your local Relationships Australia free counselling services. Alternatively, go to www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.
Problem Gambling impacts as many people as does type 2 diabetes or stroke and heart disease. You don’t have to carry the burden alone – there is help and hope.