For family and friends

Does someone you care about have an issue with gambling?

People gamble for many reasons – for excitement, the thrill of winning or to be social. Gambling becomes an issue when it causes harm to the gambler and those close to them. Usually this means they are spending more money or time on gambling than they can afford.

We provide support to anyone affected by gambling, not just gamblers. You can get help for yourself and your family by calling us on 1300 133 445 or by filling out the contact form on this page.

You can also find out more about gambling to understand what your loved one may be going through.

How do you know if there an issue?

There are a number of signs that someone you care about has an issue with gambling. Here are some signs to look out for.

How to get help

As a person without a problem you might find it hard to understand why the person with the gambling problem doesn’t just stop. The reasons why people gamble vary and while you might try lots of ways to get them to stop, you can’t control another person’s behaviour.

What you can do is make it clear that they need to get help, that there is help available and it does work.

Learn how to help someone you think might have an issue with gambling.

Looking after yourself and your family

Friends or family members of people who gamble can feel isolated but there are ways you can look after yourself and your family.

Gambler’s Help services are available free to close friends and family of gamblers. This confidential information, advice and support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call Gambler’s Help North & North Western on 1300 133 445 9am-5pm Monday Friday or Gambler’s Help on 1800 858 858 (24 hour service).

Find out more about looking after yourself and your family

Protect your assets

For many people, the first sign someone you love has a problem with gambling is when money troubles emerge. We have some practical strategies for protecting your assets when someone you care about has an issue with gambling.

Find out about protecting your assets

Support for kids. Does one of your parents have an issue with gambling?

Gambler’s Help is not just for gamblers. We are here to help kids too. We provide free advice and support to kids who need someone to talk to about their parent or loved one’s gambling. Like with all professional counselling, it is also confidential.

Find out about support for kids

Support for parents.  Concerned about your teenager?

Tackling gambling issues with your teenager can be difficult. Is it just normal teenage rebellion or is it a sign of a developing problem? What we know is that the younger someone starts gambling, the higher their risk of developing a problem.

We have some tips and strategies to help you start the conversation with your teenager and give you signs to look for if you suspect gambling may be a problem.

Find out about support for parents

Useful links

Go to Ways to get help for the full range of support services we offer.

Is there an issue?
How to help
Looking after yourself
Protecting your assets
Support for kids
Support for parents
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