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Harm from gambling – betcheck.vic.gov.au

Harm from gambling isn’t just about losing money. Gambling can affect self-esteem, relationships, physical and mental health, work performance and social life. It can harm not only the person who gambles but also family, friends, workplaces and communities. It can happen to anyone, at anytime – and it starts earlier than you think.Gambling Harm Awareness Week will be held in Victoria for the first time 8–14 October 2018. This week is designed to generate and encourage community discussions about why gambling harm matters.We invite everyone in our community to be part of the conversation.

  • Talk. The impact of gambling harm is not often spoken about because it can be sensitive or uncomfortable. However, if you are concerned about your gambling or someone else's, it's important to reach out to someone else. Either talk to us or your local health professional or if you feel comfortable, a family member or friend.
  • Share. Read real stories from people who have overcome or are dealing with the impact of harm from gambling; we hope you find comfort and strength in each other's stories. Sharing your story can have a profound impact on both yourself and on others, helping people feel less alone.
  • Support. There are many ways to get help – choose the support that suits you.
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Signs of harm from gambling

Harm from gambling isn’t just about losing money. Discover the initial and advanced signs of harm from gambling.

Learn the signs
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Check your gambling

Take this quiz to discover if you are experiencing harm from your gambling.

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How to reduce your gambling

Follow these practical tips to help ensure that gambling doesn't sneak up on you.

Follow these tips
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Support someone

Many people with gambling problems are able to turn their lives around because of support from people close to them.

Check in with family and friends
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Help yourself

If you’ve noticed gambling is stopping you from achieving the things you want to, it’s time to tackle it.

Self-help tips and tools
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Find support

If you need a bit of help to get back on track, support is close at hand, it's confidential and free.

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* Based on the 2015 Gambler’s Help client outcomes survey. 65.4% of surveyed clients indicated improved relationships with their partner, family, work mates and/or friends at a three month follow up survey.