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Let’s open up about gambling

Let’s open up about gambling

Have you ever found it hard to talk about your gambling, or to seek support?

You’re not alone – many people feel like this. This is one of the biggest barriers to people seeking help and talking openly about their challenges. Often they feel worried they’ll be judged by others about their experiences. This is called stigma.


Breaking down stigma


People sometimes feel judged or discriminated against because of the stigma around gambling harms. This stigma can stop people affected by gambling harms from getting the right help and being able to talk openly about their challenges. 

Harms from gambling can happen to anyone. 1 in 4 people think they know someone who has experienced problems with gambling.

Being labelled and judged for experiencing gambling harms is wrong. GambleAware, and the partners we work with within the National Gambling Support Network won’t judge anyone who has difficulties with gambling. You’re not alone, and we can help you get the support you need, without judgement, on your own terms.

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Advice for opening up

If you have any difficulties with gambling, or how it makes you feel, talking to someone will help.

Opening up about your gambling, or someone else’s, can feel difficult. But there are simple ways to help you have a good conversation with someone you trust.

How to have a conversation about gambling

Early signs that gambling could be causing you harm

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the effects of gambling. Knowing the signs of gambling harms can help you understand if gambling is causing difficulties and if you could benefit from help and support.


Some of the signs include:

Learn More

If you want to learn more about the risks and signs of gambling harms, and how to get help we've got support available here.

Know the risks and signs of gambling harms, and how to get help
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How to help someone who gambles

Whether it’s a friend, family member, loved one or colleague – it can be difficult knowing what to say or how to help. 

There are a number of ways you can support, including getting a better understanding of what they’re going through, showing empathy, and looking out for yourself too. 

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Professional and partner resources

If you’re a GP, healthcare worker, gambling treatment provider or any other service or healthcare provider that has contact with people who might be experiencing gambling harms, you can help to challenge stigma and connect people to the right support. We have a range of resources to help you do this.

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