With a focus on the costs of gambling and education initiatives for parents, teachers and the Sydney community, the theme for this year’s GambleAware Week is ‘What’s gambling costing you?’. The theme looks at the potential costs of gambling on our health, our relationships, and at work.
We often hear reports on the amount of money lost on gambling, but the cost is more than just financial. Although many people gamble without experiencing harm, it can come at a cost that might be unrealised. A key focus for GambleAware Week has always been about starting those early conversations, and this year we really want our community to think about the real cost of gambling.
We know that these costs can build up over time, so it’s important that we talk with our friends, family or colleagues if we are worried about what gambling could be costing them.
Parents in particular are encouraged to be aware of the risks for their children. Young people are becoming more and more exposed to gambling, so it’s important that there are tools and resources available to help support parents or guardians understand the risk.
Education is needed for the entire community, including those who may not currently experience challenges around gambling and yet may be in a position to help others.
During GambleAware Week (17-23 October 2022), we encourage you to access available resources, including information about online training and education programs available atgambleaware.nsw.gov.au
The GambleAware phoneline 1800 858 858 is open 24 hours a day for anyone needing support. It is free and confidential. It is a free and confidential service. Alternatively, if you would prefer a face to face or online session with our accredited counsellors, we are ready to help.