We have developed a series of tools which will help you to check in on gambling this week - whether it's for yourself, friends or family, or for a colleague.
If you want to know more about gambling:
If you want to start a conversation about gambling:
If you’re unable to download the PDF versions, the information is summarised below.
Key facts about gambling in NSW
- 3.4 million people have gambled in the last 12 months.
- For most people, gambling is a source of entertainment and enjoyment
- For a small segment of the population gambling can present real individual and social challenges.
- 12% of adults are at risk of experiencing problems caused by gambling, and 0.8% are problem gamblers.
Responsible Gambling - Tips and Tricks
- Gambling is meant to be a bit of fun. If you’re not enjoying it, it might be time to stop.
- Know the rules. Understand how the game works and read the terms and conditions.
- Set a limit on your funds. Decide how much you’re going to spend and leave your bank cards at home.
- Have a game plan. Decide how long you’re going to gamble for and plan what to do when you reach your limit.
How to check in during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week
- Use the online tool to check in on your gambling.
- Talk to others about gambling if you think there is a problem.
- If gambling is causing you problems contact Gambling Help NSW on 1800 858 858.
How to start a conversation with a loved one about gambling
If you’re worried about someone you love, talking about it can be difficult. These tips can help you start the conversation.
- Be patient, it can take a long time. Situations cannot be resolved easily in one conversation.
- Let your loved one know that you’re willing to talk to them about their gambling.
- Ask open questions and try to be understanding.
- Encouraging your loved one to openly discuss their gambling can be an important part of their journey to recovery
How to start a conversation about responsible gambling at work
Having a conversation with a colleague or an employee about responsible gambling can be tough, especially if you suspect they may have a gambling problem.
- Have a conversation if you notice changes in productivity, increased absenteeism or unexplained disappearances. Gambling on work time, borrowing/stealing money from colleagues and requests for salary advances are also warning signs.
- Plan your conversation in advance.
- Avoid placing blame, be understanding and empathetic and establish the severity of the problem.
- Encourage the employee to ‘check in’ and seek help.
How to have a conversation with a mate
Sometimes, gambling problems are most evident in the moment. You can use the following talking points to discuss gambling during a night out.
- Have you set a limit tonight?
- The odds of winning don’t seem great
- We’ve been here for a long time, should we head off now?
- Do you keep track of how much you win and lose?
- Have you checked in on your gambling?