Gambling Harm Awareness Week
About the Week
The 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 Gambling Harm Awareness Week is focused 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 will be held from 7–13 October 2019. We will continue to use TALK.SHARE.SUPPORT. to guide our Week's activities, and also highlight the importance of health and wellbeing to all Victorians during this period.
We supported three events as part of Gambling Harm Awareness Week; a launch event that showcased innovative approaches to tackling gambling harm, a mini information expo with the Arabic community and a panel discussion exploring the intersection between gambling and other health issues.
In addition, more than 60 community events were held across the state, which included a variety of activities such as hosted lunches, workshops, high teas, morning walks and soccer matches. We received overwhelming response to the Week, with 100 per cent of participants stating that they were likely or very likely to participate in Gambling Harm Awareness Week again. The theme resonated with the public, 82 per cent of participants felt it was useful, somewhat useful or very useful, and 78 per cent of event holders received positive feedback on the theme and resources available.
Read more about 2018's Week and its initiatives here.
Gambling Harm Awareness Week Project Manager
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Phone: (03) 9452 2600