We see the immense hardship faced by people and families affected by gambling harm. If you’re considering taking that first courageous step to changing your gambling habits, we are here to help you on your journey. Call us on 1300 827 638 or click below to make an online referral.
Counselling for individuals directly experiencing gambling-related harm
Our experienced counsellors will work alongside you to:
- identify and use helpful strategies to change gambling habits
- support you in identifying and addressing underlying reasons behind harmful gambling behaviours
- support you to prevent gambling-related harm
- provide information and referrals to other support services such as legal support, family support, housing and more
- support you in applying for multi-venue self-exclusion, a free program where you ban yourself from gaming venues or internet gambling
- make positive lifestyle choices.
Counselling for family and friends affected by gambling-related harm
We also offer support to family and friends affected by gambling to:
- assist in providing educational resources on how you can support your loved one
- use strategies to reduce gambling harm on yourself
- follow helpful tips and advice for your own self-care
Assistance is also available for family members in situations where the person experiencing gambling harm will not seek help.
Counselling for people experiencing financial difficulty as a result of gambling
Our counsellors provide free, independent and confidential counselling to assist people experiencing financial hardship as a result of gambling behaviours. Our financial counsellors will help you:
- complete a full financial assessment, particularly identifying the level of gambling-related debt
- discuss the available options you may have
- help you develop a budget and financial action plan
- negotiate with creditors on your behalf
- link you to relevant support services like legal support.
Apart from one-on-one support, our community groups can offer:
- information sessions and workshops for businesses and organisations
- group sessions and workshops for individuals and those in their networks who are impacted by gambling.
Recognising gambling harm
Harmful gambling can be difficult to recognise so it’s important to know the signs and symptoms. You may be experiencing gambling harm if you:
- gamble beyond what you can reasonably afford or want to spend
- find it difficult to stop gambling
- borrow or steal money so you can gamble
- are piling up on debt or you’re unable to pay for basic essentials because of your gambling need to “win” back losses by gambling
- think about gambling regularly throughout the day
- experience relationship issues or troubles at work because of your gambling behaviours
- keep secrets or lie about your gambling behaviour or gambling debts
- feel like you’ve lost control of your gambling.
If you or someone you know is affected by gambling, our helpline is ready and waiting to help you.
For all referrals and enquiries, contact:
Ph: 1300 827 638
Or enter your details below to make a referral online.
Arrange a chat with a Wesley Gambling Counsellor