People Reminded Of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 22-28 May 2017

People Reminded Of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 22-28 May 2017

South Australia Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Zoe Bettison

Impact On Loved Ones The Focus Of This Year’s Responsible Gambling Week

Victor P Taffa

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (22-28 May) kicks off today with this year’s theme being ‘family and friends of people impacted by gambling’.

Communities and Social Inclusion Minster Zoe Bettison said people with a gambling problem are not the only ones who suffer, with families and friends also affected.

It is estimated between 5 and 10 people are impacted by the problem gambling of one individual. Almost 1 in 5 people accessing gambling support services are family members of people with a gambling problem.

“I hope Responsible Gambling Awareness Week will be a catalyst for family and friends to seek support for them and to help their loved one to get the support they need.” Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Zoe Bettison said.

“Family and friends play an important part in supporting people to seek help to address their gambling problem. The State Government provides a range of free gambling help services and supports.”

To raise awareness of services to help people affected by problem gambling, and their friends and families, the State Government has funded a number of community events during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.

Events range from sporting activities, information days, seminars and events for multicultural and refugee communities.

Background

Theme for Responsible Gambling Awareness week this year recognises the importance of family and friends of people impacted by problem gambling. They support people close to them and often suffer themselves.

It is important that people close to those with a gambling problem protect their own emotional, social and financial wellbeing.