Lets make the conversation about gambling less awkward:
The support of family and friends can make a major difference in helping problem gamblers muster the strength to overcome their gambling addiction.
One of the biggest challenges facing family and friends is how to raise the issue of someone's problem gambling. It can be a very awkward thing to do.
In response, Gambling Help is launching an animated e-card campaign, Talkward, to help break through any stigma and encourage dialogue and support from family and friends.
The e-cards, which can be found at talkward.com.au, can be customised and personalised, then emailed to a person to humorously focus on a thorny subject while carrying a serious message: "Now we've got the awkward bit out of the way, let's have a talk in real life."
People experiencing problem gambling often feel ashamed about their gambling and will conceal the behaviour and associated consequences. Therefore, a non-judgemental and gentle approach that addresses both the gambling and potential harms is required.
Remember, seek help for yourself and your family. Family and friends of problem gamblers often don't think to get help for themselves, but it is very important to ensure YOU receive the support you need. Contact us to make an appointment with your nearest Gamblign Help service.