If you’d like to learn more about gambling issues or the gambling of a friend or family member, we have many free resources that you could find helpful in understanding your situation and the options you have for dealing with it.
Peer-to-peer support & online forum
Many people have faced the issues you are dealing with right now and talking to others that share similar experiences is a great way to connect and feel supported. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to deal with problems on your own or you’re the only one.
Join the peer-moderated support forum and community of people designed to help you on the road to recovery.
Online gambling calculator
Have you ever wondered how much you really spend on gambling? Or how you compare to other Australians?
Use the online gambling calculator to get a better picture of how gambling affects your life over a year.
Assessing where you are now can help you make informed decisions about what to do next. You can take the self-assessment known as the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI). The PGSI is a reliable and standardised measure of at-risk behaviour in problem gambling that is based on research on the common signs and consequences of problematic gambling.
Take a self-assessment.
Counsellor Sam blogs about gambling problems and how to manage gambling – rather than it managing you.
Sam became a gambling counsellor after she saw her mum develop a gambling problem. Sam’s mum believed she was lucky and started playing poker machines and eventually got hooked.
Get to know Sam better and read her valuable tips and advice here.
Support for friends and family
Are you concerned someone you love has a gambling problem? These are a few of the common signs you can look out for:
- Is your loved one secretive about where they’ve been spending time?
- Are they secretive about their finances?
- Do they collect the mail and prevent you from seeing bills?
- Have you noticed money missing from shared accounts, or elsewhere?
- Do they sometimes ask to borrow money and can’t give a good reason as to why?
If this sounds familiar, it might be time to start a conversation and offer support, but you don’t have to do it on your own.
Call Gambling Help NSW for free and confidential counselling on 1800 858 858 and download ‘Problem Gambling: A Guide for Family and Friends’ which will give you practical advice on how to help yourself and your loved one.