Gambling Harm Awareness Week
Gambling Harm Awareness Week was held from 7–13 October 2019, be sure to keep an eye out for 2020 dates.
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. Find out how you can get involved.
The Foundation is hosting three events as part of Gambling Harm Awareness Week:
- 7 October 2019 – To launch the week, a panel of health and gambling experts will discuss the challenge of stigma in public health, and explore ways to reshape public perception with greater levels of understanding.
- 9 October 2019 – A candid conversation with sporting pros discussing the impact of betting on sport, including the exposure of kids to saturation levels of sports betting advertising.
- 10 October 2019 – A workshop in Bendigo, focused on sharing research along with local knowledge and experience, and encouraging collaboration in the community.
In addition, more than 50 community events will be held across the state.
Gambling Harm Awareness Week Project Manager
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Phone: (03) 9452 2600