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Lost more than you planned? Contact us.
Every year Gambler's Help assists thousands of Victorians with free and confidential advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We help people with gambling problems as well as those close to them who are affected by their gambling. There are many ways to get help – choose the support that suits you. On the phone support. Online chat. In person counselling. You name the method, we’re here to help.
Families and friends
If someone close to you is experiencing harm from gambling, we can help you.Find out more
Going through a tough time? Youthline is confidential and open 24/7 – call 1800 262 376.Find out more
Aboriginal Communities’ Gambling Awareness Program
Harm from gambling is common in both the wider community and the Aboriginal community.Find out more
Trent Cotchin, Captain of Richmond Football Club
"When I was younger, I loved to go to the Spring Carnival and put a few dollars on the horses with the boys. But I learned quickly that you lose a lot more than you win!"
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Over the course of my career in basketball, I’ve seen two colleagues file for bankruptcy after having issues with gambling. Both of them were great guys and very successful before they lost relationships, careers, opportunities and great lifestyles.
I have been struggling with a gambling addiction for eight or nine years. In this time I have lost friends, relationships and a house I was renting because I couldn't stop playing the pokies.
I chased my losses, and recovered about 60 per cent of my money but eventually lost that too while I was trying to recoup the remaining sum.
* Based on 2017–18 data from the Gambler's Help client outcomes survey where 93% of responses indicated gambling affected their ability to be productive at work none of the time at a six month follow up survey.