Gamblers Help

A man with his labtop

If gambling is a problem for you or someone you care about, you can get free counselling, information and 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 you or your loved ones are affected by gambling, you can access the Gamblers Help service. You can receive free personal or family counselling and group support. You can learn strategies to help yourself or others get a grip on their gambling.

If you'd like to arrange a self-exclusion order barring you from gambling areas in Tasmania, we can arrange that and provide support and encouragement. If you are a community member in a locality that has a gambling issue, you can arrange an educational workshop.

 

Details

Cost to you - Free service

Serving Regions - Statewide

 

Referral process 

Contact us if you or your client or patient would like to access this service.

We offer outreach to the West Coast, Circular Head, Greater Launceston, East Coast and Greater Hobart areas.

Call Gamblers Help - 1800 858 858

Call (South) - 03 6213 3555

Call (Northwest) - 03 6430 3333

Call (North) - 03 6333 3000

 

Anne's story

"I gambled for many years, even selling items from my home to get money for the poker machines. I finally decided to ban myself from playing pokies using a self-exclusion. For the first time in a long time, I started to save money. I saved enough to go on a holiday with my sister.

When the self-exclusion ran out, I didn't think I had a gambling problem anymore. But one day I gambled again and lost a lot of money. I felt really guilty and ashamed. I decided to see a Gamblers Help counsellor. I wanted to talk about my urge to gamble and what I could do about it.

After speaking with the counsellor, I decided to self-exclude again. It gave me confidence that I could regain control of my spending. Months on, I'm feeling a lot more confident. I haven't gambled, I'm saving money and I'm doing things that I enjoy."

 

Funding 

The project was funded by the Community Support Levy through the Tasmanian Government