Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

360 Health and Com­mu­nity is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­vides pro­grams in phys­i­cal and men­tal health.

With the fund­ing they in­tend to de­liver oneon-one coun­selling to peo­ple as­sessed as be­ing prob­lem gam­blers or at risk of be­com­ing prob­lem gam­blers.

They es­ti­mate that they will de­liver the ser­vice to 200 clients.

360 Health and Com­mu­nity men­tal health co­or­di­na­tor Tris­tan Mit­sopou­los said the chal­lenge for peo­ple who gam­ble was iden­ti­fy­ing when it has be­come a prob­lem.

“Prob­lem gam­blers usu­ally find them­selves fac­ing debt and fi­nan­cial hard­ship and this can have in­ter­per­sonal con­se­quences such as ne­glect of fam­ily and re­la­tion­ship break­downs,” he said.

It could also cre­ate le­gal con­se­quences where gam­blers re­sort to the use of loan sharks, theft or other crimes to sup­port their gam­bling be­hav­iours.

Mr Mit­sopou­los said the pro­gram would cre­ate com­mu­nity aware­ness of the in­di­ca­tors and ef­fects of prob­lem gam­bling with the hope that in­ter­ven­tion could oc­cur be­fore gam­bling be­comes a prob­lem for some­one.

“Our ser­vices will not just cater to peo­ple who al­ready have de­vel­oped prob­lem gam­bling be­hav­iours,” he said. “They are very rel­e­vant to peo­ple who are con­cerned that their gam­bling may be a prob­lem, or to peo­ple who are at risk of de­vel­op­ing gam­bling prob­lems.”

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