People across the State are being encouraged to pause and think about how gambling might be affecting them, their family and friends as part of GambleAware Week this week (17 – 23 October).
Leading the call for contemplation, Minister for Hospitality and Racing, Kevin Anderson said the Week aimed to raise awareness of the potential pitfalls of gambling, and to connect people at risk with support services.
“Help through GambleAware is tailored to the needs and circumstances of an individual,” Mr Anderson said.
“There are now more ways than ever to have a bet with the rise of online gambling, sports betting and other emerging markets,” he said.
“This means it’s more important than ever for people to check in on their gambling or have a chat with someone close to them.”
Mr Anderson said the theme of GambleAware Week – What’s gambling costing you? – asked people to think about the costs beyond just money, whether they were impacts on health, relationships or work.
He said these were the often hidden costs which could slowly creep up on gamblers before they found themselves in serious trouble.
“Most people can gamble without experiencing any harm but for a small minority it can become a huge problem impacting multiple areas of their lives,” the Minister said.
“GambleAware services provide information and resources to help prevent people experiencing gambling harm and provide a range of support options that are quickly and easily available for those who need them.”
The GambleAware phoneline 1800 858 858 is open 24 hours a day for anyone needing support. It is free and confidential.