360 HEALTH AND COMMUNITY
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.”