If you know or suspect that your partner, family member or close friend has a gambling problem, this brochure will give you practical advice on how to help yourself and your loved one. We understand your needs may seem secondary to the person in the family who has a gambling problem. But we also understand that the distress experienced by those who love and care for the problem gambler, can be profound. You also deserve attention and support to help you cope with the situation.
The brochure falls into two parts — helping yourself, and helping the problem gambler in your life. Helping yourself also means helping other vulnerable people close to you, such as children. It includes practical help on things such as protecting and sorting out your finances and obtaining legal advice. It also shows how you can protect yourself emotionally and provides some ideas for accessing free help services and support.
Finally, it helps you answer all those questions that you have about problem gambling and why some people are affected. The second part is about how you can assist the problem gambler to get help and get their life back.
Problem gambling is characterised by difficulties in limiting money and/or time spent on gambling. The impact of problem gambling affects the gambler, family, friends, work colleagues, and the community.
Problem gambling therefore is a social, health, and workplace safety issue. But unlike other dependency issues, such as alcohol and drug abuse, there are few observable signs and symptoms for problem gambling. This means it can be hard to identify an employee suffering from gambling-related harm.
The increase of online and mobile gambling has seen gaming and betting spread from venues to our homes and workplaces. Problem gambling can therefore have a significant negative workplace impact. This guide will help you identify and respond to problem gambling in the workplace.