Gambling Harm Awareness Week
Gambling Harm Awareness Week will be held in Victoria for the first time on 8–14 October 2018, replacing Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. The new name demonstrates the Foundation's focus on gambling harm reduction and prevention.
Gambling Harm Awareness Week is designed to encourage community discussions about why gambling harm matters. 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.
Anyone who gambles, or knows someone who gambles, may be at risk of gambling harm. Harm from gambling starts earlier and occurs more frequently than people may think. The Foundation's Hidden Harm paper (2017) shows that 85 percent of harm from gambling is among low- and moderate-risk gamblers.
Gambling harm is also often hidden and the impact is not spoken about because it can be sensitive or uncomfortable.
That’s why as part of the first Gambling Harm Awareness Week, we’re focusing on the theme TALK.SHARE.SUPPORT.
We invite everyone in our community to get involved in the week by having open discussions about gambling harm, to understand it better, and to help prevent it from occurring. Talking about gambling harm helps make it okay for those affected to reach out and share the impact gambling may be having.
Talking and sharing can help alleviate the stigma that is often associated with seeking support.
As a community let’s start talking and together we can help prevent gambling harm.
Gambling Harm Awareness Week Project Manager
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Phone: (03) 9452 2600