RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING AWARENESS WEEK
Written on the 25 May 2015 by Kevin Conolly
Kevin Conolly MP, Member for Riverstone said that the focus of this year's Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, which runs from 25 May to 31 May, is to raise awareness among young people about the potential impacts of problem gambling.
Mr Conolly said "I encourage problem gamblers and their support networks to access the Gambling Help services funded by the NSW Government's Responsible Gambling Fund and I hope that the week highlights the many resources available to those in need, especially for young people.
"Our youth are more susceptible than ever with gambling increasingly available on phones, tablets and through the internet and I urge parents and carers to be aware and encourage smart choices," Mr Conolly said.
"Free and confidential NSW Government-funded assistance is just a phone call or click away for those who need support.
Mr Conolly said "There are many face-to-face Gambling Help services available across NSW offering specially trained and experienced counsellors in addition to the Gambling Help website, and a 24 hours a day, seven days a week Gambling Help telephone service.
The NSW Government has created a new booklet, Talking to Teens about Gambling, to be distributed through its Gambling Help counselling network.
Additionally, this year the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government's Responsible Gambling Fund will produce its fourth language version of the booklet Problem Gambling: A self-help guide for families. The guide is already available in Chinese, Arabic and Vietnamese. Now it will also be available in Italian.
Free and confidential counselling, including legal assistance and financial counselling, can be accessed by phone, online and face-to-face through Gambling Help services which are available on 1800 858 858 or through www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au
Author: Kevin Conolly
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