Supporting the wellbeing of Queenslanders in Gambling Harm Awareness Week
Published Monday, 18 July, 2022 at 12:44 PM
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman
Queenslanders are being urged to start a conversation about problem gambling during this year’s Gambling Harm Awareness Week (GHAW) which aims to break down the stigma surrounding the issue.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said the week (18-24 July) provided an opportunity for government, industry, and our community to come together and discuss the really important issue of how we can reduce unsafe gambling, and support the wellbeing of Queenslanders.
“This year’s theme, “Let’s talk about gambling” reminds us to start a conversation about problem gambling and encourage Queenslanders to talk about how gambling is affecting them,” the Minister said.
“Even simply asking someone close to you about their gambling can be a powerful first step in breaking down the stigma surrounding the issue.
“We need everyone to know that it’s OK to reach out for help – free and confidential support is available right now.”
“This year’s campaign is aimed at raising awareness and promoting conversations in First Nations communities on what constitutes safe and unsafe gambling.
“The Palaszczuk Government continues to take action to reduce gambling harm in every single community.
“In July last year we launched the Gambling Harm Minimisation Plan for Queensland, a four-year plan that promotes a shared commitment by industry, community and Government to preventing and minimising gambling harm,” she said.
“It is a plan that prioritises wellbeing and support for Queenslanders to gamble safely.
“To support the plan this year’s budget set aside more than $3 million over three years towards a range of gambling harm research and minimisation initiatives.
“This will fund the rollout of a Queensland Household Gambling Survey – the first since 2017 – which will gather vital information to inform policy, services, and programs,” Minister Fentiman said.
There are many resources available to help at-risk gamblers and their friends and family including Gambling Help Queensland which has a free 24/7 helpline and a website with advice, tips, and ideas on how to manage gambling.
Events will be held in licensed venues across the state during GHAW. For more information, please contact your nearest gambling help service provider.
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