Gambling Harm Awareness Week
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.
In Victoria, Gambling Harm Awareness Week will run 19–25 October 2020, continuing with the theme TALK.SHARE.SUPPORT.
The effects of COVID-19 and the associated restrictions will be felt by Victorians for a long time. During this difficult period, many people in our community who have lost jobs and/or are experiencing increased stress, mental health issues and financial worries are more vulnerable to gambling harm.
Some people may have turned to gambling as a way of coping, while others who have stopped or reduced their gambling may feel anxious about maintaining this behaviour change. In this environment, it is important to continue sharing stories of lived experience and providing support to those who may be at risk of gambling harm.
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.
Due to COVID-19, this year the Foundation will run a digitally-focused Gambling Harm Awareness Week. In the interests of public health, we cannot host or support in-person community events.
A downloadable supporter toolkit for stakeholders will be available on this page for use by anyone who would like to support the week.
Gambling Harm Awareness Week Project Manager
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Phone: (03) 9452 2619