Supporting Victorians affected by gambling
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
Harm from gambling is common in both the wider community and the Aboriginal community.Find out more
'I’ve cut my gambling spend in half ... and I’m just getting started.'
It's normal to feel unsure about wanting outside help and support. Wanting to change and making that first step can take guts. But once you do, you'll be so glad you did it when you did.
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Horrible strategic gambler
... I look at myself in the mirror everyday and think, 'You are worth more than this, don't allow gambling to destroy you.'
The first time I saw poker machines, I was 20, attending a conference interstate. A woman was sobbing in front of one of them. I put my arm around her and then I went and told the barman and he said ‘Don’t worry about it; she’s probably just done her pension’.
... My family would go to a hotel in Hawthorn for birthday lunches. We’d light the candles and sing happy birthday and then everyone went into the venue to play the pokies.
* Based on the 2015 Gambler’s Help client outcomes survey, 73.8% of surveyed clients indicated improvement in their financial situation at a three month follow up survey.