1800 858 858
Gambling can take the form of pokies, lotto, scratchies, card games, racing or other forms of betting. Each year, 70% of Australians participate in some type of gambling, but for some, gambling can quickly become a problem.
Problem gambling does not have to mean you are totally out of control; it is any gambling behaviour that disrupts your life or the life of your loved ones. The impacts of problem gambling can be far reaching and can include:
- Debt or other financial problems
- Relationship problems
- Loss of employment or problems at work
- Mental and emotional health concerns
- Negative impacts on family, especially children
- Loss of control and addiction
For many, accepting that their gambling is becoming a problem can be difficult. Find out more from the Fact Sheet – Lifeline
Problem Gambling help online
WA provides free, confidential counselling, support and information services for all people affected by gambling.
Phone: 1800 858 858
Cost: Free – calls to the Problem Gambling Helpline are free from landlines and won’t be listed on your phone bill.
Gamblers Anonymous, Bunbury
Address: 35 Milligan House Carey Park, Bunbury
Hours: Wednesdays from 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Phone: 9487 0688
Email: [email protected]
For anyone experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
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SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training)
A free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others. Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.
To register for an online meeting click the link.
Many of these meetings are provided via Zoom.