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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.
Real storiesSee full listing of stories
Initially he didn’t own up to his gambling addiction. I noticed there were lots of cash transfers. We paid it down to $8000 and made a goal of paying it off entirely within a few months.
Light at the end of the tunnel
In 2014 I had a light bulb moment and sought help (peer support), within a short time I had stopped gambling, the urges were still there but I had regained enough control to abstain.
For myself, growing up gambling was just something that you did. From the age of 16, I would be at the local pub with my brother and our friends. That was when I had my first bet on a greyhound.
* 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.