Gambling support

Gambling can quickly get out of control. The odds are against you and, in the long run, you’ll never get ahead. It’s designed that way.

If gambling is affecting you or your family, you can use the Gamblers Help service. You can receive free personal or family counselling and group support. Learn strategies to help you or others get a grip on gambling.

If you’d like a ‘self-exclusion order’ that bars you from gambling areas in Tasmania, we can arrange that. We can provide support and encouragement, too. If you are a community member in an area that has a gambling issue, we can arrange an educational workshop.

Accessing the Gamblers Help service

The Gamblers Help counselling service is a free and confidential service for people affected by gambling.

Our counsellors are trained to support people to reduce the harm caused by gambling through:

  • Professional counselling
  • Facilitated support groups
  • Financial counselling
  • Delivery of the Tasmanian Gambling Exclusion Scheme

Details

This is a free state-wide service.

Referral process

Call Gamblers Help on 1800 858 858

Anglicare is the facilitating partner for Gamblers Help and offers this service to the West Coast, Circular Head, Greater Launceston, East Coast and Greater Hobart areas.

Funding

Gamblers Help is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit dss.gov.au for more information. This service is also supported by the Crown through the Department of Communities Tasmania.

Gambling doesn’t discriminate. It’s an issue that affects people across all age groups, gender and social demographics.

Gamblers Help offers free counselling and support for individuals, and education workshops for local communities.

“As with other addictions, gambling to the extent it causes harm, is often symptomatic of other issues in a person’s life,” explained Jonathan Turk who manages the service. “Which means that there’s no quick fix. And it’s not a matter of individual choice”.

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