Call to talk about gambling problems

Queenslanders are being urged to start a conversation about problem gambling during this year’s Gambling Harm Awareness Week (GHAW) which aims to break down the stigma surrounding the issue.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said the week (18-24 July) provided an opportunity for government, industry, and our community to come together and discuss the really important issue of how we can reduce unsafe gambling, and support the wellbeing of Queenslanders.

“This year’s theme, “Let’s talk about gambling” reminds us to start a conversation about problem gambling and encourage Queenslanders to talk about how gambling is affecting them,” the Minister said.

“Even simply asking someone close to you about their gambling can be a powerful first step in breaking down the stigma surrounding the issue.

“We need everyone to know that it’s OK to reach out for help – free and confidential support is available right now.”

“This year’s campaign is aimed at raising awareness and promoting conversations in First Nations communities on what constitutes safe and unsafe gambling.

“The Palaszczuk Government continues to take action to reduce gambling harm in every single community.

“In July last year we launched the Gambling Harm Minimisation Plan for Queensland, a four-year plan that promotes a shared commitment by industry, community and Government to preventing and minimising gambling harm.”

gather vital information to inform policy, services, and programs,” Minister Fentiman said.

There are many resources available to help at-risk gamblers and their friends and family including Gambling Help Queensland which has a free 24/7 helpline and a website with advice, tips, and ideas on how to manage gambling.

Events will be held in licensed venues across the state during GHAW. For more information, please contact your nearest gambling help service provider.

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