It’s Responsible Gambling Awareness Week and the theme this year is asking us all: “How does your gambling stack up?”
To coincide with the week, a new website designed to minimise the impact of gambling on Queenslanders has been launched today.
The website – gamblinghelpqld.org.au – is a Queensland-specific online resource featuring tools and information about counselling services for problem gamblers and people who are adversely affected by gambling, as well as resources for those working in the gambling industry.
The website targets not only those people who feel gambling may have become a problem but also provides useful information about gambling responsibly.
Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath is encouraging people to check out the new Gambling Help site, listen to the personal stories of others affected, view the videos, and check out the self-help resources.
“While there, they can also take the quick, nine-item ‘check your gambling’ online questionnaire to assess how risky their gambling is.”
Mrs D’Ath says it was important to raise awareness of responsible gambling – and the resources available to those affected – not only this week, but throughout the year.
“When family and friends are aware of gambling-related issues, they can play an important role in supporting their loved one to seek help…. And there are so many ways to get support.”
“Whether people are just thinking about changing their gambling habits, or are ready to take action – self-exclusion, for example – help is just a click or call away.”
“I encourage anyone concerned to seek support by calling the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 for free, confidential 24-hour counselling and crisis support.”
Help can be also accessed through face-to-face counselling services, online services and a residential service.
For more information visit www.gamblinghelpqld.org.au