Families and friends
It's not just gamblers that need support; it's also those around them. If someone close to you is experiencing harm from gambling, we can help you with free information, advice and support. For immediate help call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858.
A person's gambling behaviour can have social, physical and financial impacts on those who are close to them. It's estimated that for every person who experiences severe harm because of their gambling, up to six other people are negatively affected.
Whether it's your partner, child, parent, workmate or friend, the behaviour and consequences of problem gambling can have a significant impact.
Looking after yourself
Find out ways to remain healthy and help yourself, which is as important as it is to help someone who experiences problems with gambling.Find out more
Looking after your finances
We outline tips for partners, family and friends and also recommend speaking with a financial counsellor when deciding how to approach money issues.Find out more
You can also call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858 or Gambler's Help Youthline on 1800 262 376 for free, confidential, professional advice and support. These phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you would like to chat live with a counsellor online, visit gambling help online. This service is also available 24/7.
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My husband has been a gambler for over 20 years. Recently I discovered he had been leading a double life. He is a shift worker so while I was at work, he was gambling huge amounts of money at the pokies.
My adult son who is 43 has had a gambling problem on-and-off for over 16 years that I know of. His gambling was a major factor in the breakdown in his first marriage over 6 years ago; then in his next relationship about 2 years ago. Now he is gambling again ...
* Based on the 2017–18 Gambler’s Help client outcomes survey. 91% of surveyed clients indicated they would recommend the service to others at a six month follow up survey.