Is your gambling starting to worry you? If your gambling is starting to cause harm and things needs to change, support is available for you or your loved ones.
Available 24 hours, 7 days. Confidential, anonymous and free. Counselling, information and support for people with gambling related problems, or their family and friends.
Around two-thirds of South Australian adults gamble, and for some people gambling can cause harm to themselves and to the people around them. Gambling harm is caused by risky gambling. Risky gambling means spending too much time or money gambling. Harm from gambling can show up in obvious ways like losing money but it can also appear in less obvious ways. Some signs include neglecting family, friends, work and other responsibilities, increased alcohol or drug use and feelings of anger, guilt and shame. If this sounds like something you or someone you care about is experiencing, it may be because of gambling harm. Recognising when gambling is harmful can help you work out what to do next. What can I do? Talk. Listen. Learn. For most people, changing their relationship to gambling isn’t a straightforward process. Wherever you are in your journey, we want you to remember that help is available over the phone, online and in person. What help is available? The Gambling Helpline is staffed by trained professionals who understand the challenges of changing gambling behaviour and have the skills to support you. They won’t judge you, criticise you or make you feel bad about yourself. The Gambling Helpline is a free, confidential phone service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858. Gambling Help Online is full of useful information and support. You can choose to take the first steps by yourself, chat with others who have been there before you or chat live online for free with a professional counsellor. Visit: www.gamblinghelponline.org.au (copy and paste URL into browser). Face-to-Face Counselling is also available. You can access free and confidential Gambling Help Services across metropolitan and country South Australia. The counsellors are trained and experienced in dealing with people with gambling issues and they are friendly and non-judgemental. Find a Gambling Help Service near you at www.problemgambling.sa.gov.au (copy and paste URL into browser).