Gambling Harm Awareness Week is 7-13 October.
The week is designed to encourage community discussions about why gambling harm matters. Harm from gambling isn’t just about losing money. Gambling can affect self-esteem, relationships, physical and mental health, work performance and social life. It can harm not only the person who gambles but also family, friends, workplaces and communities.
Anyone who gambles – or knows someone who gambles – may be at risk of gambling harm and it is also often hidden and the impact is not spoken about because it can be sensitive or uncomfortable.
That’s why Gambling Harm Awareness Week is focused on the theme TALK. SHARE. SUPPORT.
Talking about gambling harm helps make it okay for those affected to reach out and share the impact gambling may be having.
As a community let’s start talking and together we can help prevent gambling harm.
Yarra Plenty Regional Library is gathering gambling harm short stories so that we can produce a text/story-based video. We hope that by talking about and sharing real stories from our community this may alleviate the stigma and encourage others to seek support.
The video will be uploaded to the Yarra Plenty Regional Library YouTube channel during Gambling Harm Awareness Week and shared on social media and our website.
Please take the time to share your story, you never know the impact it might have on others.
If you have further queries about the project please contact Jack Chan