A dif­fer­ent game show

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A new game show with a dif­fer­ence has hit our TV screens in a bid to help people recog­nise the early signs of harm­ful gam­bling.

‘‘This is a new ap­proach to help people pro­tect them­selves and oth­ers from gam­bling harm,’’ Grant Rei­hana, team leader for Raukura Hauora o Tainui says.

Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs fig­ures show more than $2 bil­lion is lost to gam­bling na­tion­wide each year.

The fic­tional game show is be­ing screened as a tele­vi­sion advertisement and fea­tures for­mer Small Blacks TV pre­sen­ter Nua Finau as the charis­matic host and ex­plains three key signs that some­one’s gam­bling is be­com­ing more than just fun.

‘‘Spend­ing more to win back money you’ve lost, hid­ing or ly­ing about your gam­bling, and suf­fer­ing feel­ings of guilt or stress are all warn­ing signs that your gam­bling could be get­ting out of hand,’’ Rei­hana says.

‘‘Any in­di­ca­tions of any of these signs could show that you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing gam­bling harm. And it’s not just about people with se­ri­ous gam­bling prob­lems.

‘‘We want ev­ery­one to be aware and do some­thing as soon as any of the signs are no­ticed,’’ Rei­hana says.

‘‘All too of­ten we see clients when they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing real harm from their gam­bling.

‘‘This is a great way to en­cour­age people to make changes and seek help ear­lier.

‘‘If you recog­nise any of these signs we ask that you do one of two things, go to choicenot chance.org.nz where you can take a quiz to check your gam­bling (or that of some­one you care about), or call the Gam­bling Helpline on 0800 654 655 for a free, con­fi­den­tial, non-judg­men­tal chat about your gam­bling con­cerns.’’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.