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Gambling Harm Awareness Week

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About the week

During Gambling Harm Awareness Week, we encourage people to talk about the harms associated with gambling and the effects they can have on communities, families, friends, workplaces and individuals. Gambling harm can affect self-esteem, relationships, physical and mental health, work performance and social life.

The week focuses on personal stories of recovery, which are powerful because they offer a sense of hope and optimism. They also encourage open community discussions that help to reduce stigma, which can be a barrier to help seeking.

2021 focus

In Victoria, Gambling Harm Awareness Week is from 18 to 24 October 2021, and the theme is TALK.SHARE.SUPPORT.

Stigma around gambling can lead to lower self-esteem and feelings of shame or failure, and can lead to a delay in acknowledging gambling difficulties and seeking help.

The 2021 campaign highlights neuroscientific research to explain how the brain changes and responds to gambling, and how an addiction can develop.

Brain scans show how a near-miss can be almost as exciting as a win, and this affects a person’s ability to stop gambling.

When people experiencing gambling harm learn about the underlying reasons for their gambling, it can help reduce stigma and build their confidence to seek help.

Many Victorians open up to a Gambler's Help trained professional every year. The more people understand the harm caused by gambling, the easier it is to change.

Support the week

Gambling Harm Awareness Week provides an opportunity to watch or read firsthand experiences of people who have overcome, or are dealing with, the negative effects of gambling. Stories in which others will find the hope, comfort, strength and encouragement they need to:

  • talk about the effect gambling is having on their health and wellbeing, including feelings of anxiety or stress
  • share stories that show gambling harm can happen to anyone
  • seek support or support someone experiencing gambling harm.

We encourage stakeholders to share our digital content during the week to get your communities to TALK.SHARE.SUPPORT.

A downloadable supporter toolkit for stakeholders will be available on this page for use by anyone who would like to support the week.

Contact

Gambling Harm Awareness Week Project Manager
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Phone: (03) 9452 2619
Email: harmweek@responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au

Find out more on the Gambler's Help website

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