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Working to reduce gambling harm

Long before it looks like a problem, gambling can be causing harm. Harm from gambling isn’t just about losing money.  Gambling can affect self-esteem, relationships, physical and mental health, work performance and social life. It can harm not only the person who gambles but also effects family, friends, workplaces and communities.

From 18 to 24 October, Council is supporting the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Gambling Harm Awareness Week. The focus of the week is the theme Talk. Share. Support:

  • Talk about the effect gambling is having on health and wellbeing, including feelings of anxiety or stress
  • Share stories that show gambling harm can happen to anyone
  • Seek support or support someone experiencing gambling harm.

The campaign also features personal stories of recovery, which offer a sense of hope and optimism. They encourage open community discussions that help to reduce stigma, which can be a barrier to seeking help.

If you are experiencing harm from your gambling or that of someone in your family or community, help is available in Knox from Gambler’s Help East (EACH). They offer support, advice and information to people affected by gambling (both gamblers and non-gamblers) and to the broader community. Call 1300 003 224.

Other resources include:

  • Gamblers Help – confidential gambler's help services, including in other languages. Call 1800 858 858.
  • Gambling Help Online – support for anyone affected by gambling. Free, private and confidential, available 24/7.
  • Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation – supports people affected by gambling harm, including family and friends. A focus on prevention, early intervention and support for those who are particularly vulnerable to gambling harm as well as those living in regional and rural communities.

Knox Council is also a member of the Alliance for Gambling Reform - a national advocacy of over 60 organisations working to prevent and minimise the harm from gambling.

To find out more you can see additional mental health resources on our website or contact our Healthy and Safe Communities team on 9298 8000.

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