If you’re worried about someone you know, here’s how to tell if they might need help managing their play and what you can do to help.
Most people gamble in moderation and don’t need any extra assistance to keep it fun. Some need a helping hand with Safer Gambling tools and that’ll be enough. However, some people find it difficult to control the amount of time or money they spend. Problem gambling can affect a person’s financial, mental and professional wellbeing, as well as harming those around them.
Although problem gambling can be difficult to spot, there are a few signs to look out for:
By learning more about safer gambling, the signs of problem gambling and how to get help, you’re already on the right track.
Compulsive behaviour is hard to control and this person might not be ready to open up. Gambling Therapy have provided some tips on how to talk to problem gamblers.
Point them to the best info and suggest that they install software such as GAMBLOCK as a starting point but most of all, encourage them to seek help.
Living with problem gamblers can be a difficult experience for those closest to them. Speaking to someone from a support organisation or discussing it with other people in the same situation can relieve the strain, show you you’re not alone and give you hope for a solution. If you need to talk to someone, contact one of the organisations on our Get Help page.