Chandana’s story

My name is Chandana. I am an affected family member of a gambler and Peer Connection volunteer. Before we came to Australia, he never really gambled. Maybe only $50 at the casino sometimes and then we went home. In Australia, we were in separate cities much of the time for work. So initially I didn’t…

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Monica’s story

My name is Monica. I’m a financial counsellor at Banyule Community Health. Some clients have been gambling for many years and the financial problems have built over a long period of time. When they come in, they are in crisis. They don’t see the way out. When I introduce myself I ask them if they…

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Jo’s story

My name is Jo and I’m a counsellor at Gambler’s Help North and North Western. As a counsellor, I work with people who are gamblers as well as people who are affected by the gambling of others. Clients often feel nervous at our first counselling meeting. I understand that the thought of talking to someone…

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Minh’s story

My name is Minh. I am a financial counsellor at Banyule Community Health. The people I talk to have all have had some issues with gambling and financial problems. That’s my area and my role.  I help people go through their finances and come up with a plan. We talk about the banks, budgets and…

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Conny’s story

There were tears, anger and threats but in the end I decided my marriage and my new house were more important than gambling and I used the gamblers help card I had sitting in my purse for 12 months and got help.

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Daniel’s story

My name is Daniel. I’m a former gambler and Peer Connection volunteer. It was at the footy club that gambling started for me. Binge drinking and gambling in the pubs with blokes who were really serious about their footy. We would work and train hard during the week and then drink and gamble too much…

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