Nip­ping is­sue in the bud

The Cobram Courier - - COBRAM SHOW 2017 -

A cam­paign, ‘Harm From Gam­bling Starts Ear­lier Than You Think’, will tar­get peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, or at-risk of, harm from gam­bling and help them to be on the look­out for early signs of risky gam­bling be­hav­iour.

Vic­to­rian Re­spon­si­ble Gam­bling Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Louise Glanville said the cam­paign fo­cused on mod­er­ate-risk gam­blers, as re­search had iden­ti­fied they did not re­spond to tra­di­tional mes­sages aimed at those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing more se­vere is­sues.

‘‘The cam­paign is de­signed to help those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, or at-risk of, harm from gam­bling to recog­nise the early signs of harm and take ac­tion to ad­dress their gam­bling be­hav­iour,’’ Ms Glanville said.

‘‘Our 2016 study, As­sess­ing gam­blin­gre­lated harm in Vic­to­ria: A pub­lic health per­spec­tive, iden­ti­fied many dif­fer­ent types of gam­bling harm and showed the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­ence harm are not those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing se­vere harm, but fall into the low or mod­er­ate risk cat­e­gories.

‘‘Harm from gam­bling can cause a va­ri­ety of is­sues, in­clud­ing health prob­lems, emo­tional dis­tress, re­la­tion­ship dif­fi­cul­ties, fi­nan­cial bur­dens, as well as neg­a­tively im­pact­ing work per­for­mance.

‘‘The ‘Harm From Gam­bling Starts Ear­lier Than You Think’ cam­paign aims to pro­vide peo­ple with the tools they need to iden­tify early signs of gam­bling harm and take ac­tion to pre­vent it and ward off fur­ther se­vere gam­bling prob­lems.’’

Signs of gam­bling harm can in­clude re­duced sav­ings or spend­ing on recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and then get more ad­vanced, such as get­ting be­hind on elec­tric­ity or gas bills, or even a no­tice to evict.

The cam­paign is sup­ported by on­line re­sources at betcheck.vic.gov.au which in­cludes on­line tools, with in­for­ma­tion about harm for peo­ple who gam­ble, their fam­i­lies and friends.

It also in­cludes an in­ter­ac­tive quiz that en­ables peo­ple to re­flect on their gam­bling and di­rects them to in­for­ma­tion about keep­ing their bet­ting in check, or ad­di­tional help and sup­port if they need it.

‘‘Through the ‘Harm From Gam­bling Starts Ear­lier Than You Think’ cam­paign we are reach­ing out to peo­ple who may be gam­bling in a risky way and help­ing them iden­tify the many dif­fer­ent ways peo­ple can be harmed by gam­bling,’’ Ms Glanville said.

‘‘When we can in­ter­vene early to pre­vent harm from gam­bling, it’s good for the in­di­vid­ual, their fam­ily and the com­mu­nity.’’ www.betcheck.vic.gov.au

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to view the on­line re­sources and in­ter­ac­tive quiz, visit:

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