Family Gambling Help

SHARC has introduced a new program to support families affected by a loved one’s gambling. Similar to the substance addictions before it, gambling has recently become a broader community concern because of the harm it causes to families. It is estimated that for every person with a gambling problem there are at least 5 other people affected. 

To meet that need in these different times we have developed some valuable resources for families.

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SCROLL DOWN TO LEARN how we supported the establishment of a remote support group in Tumut, a small rural town in the Snowy Mountains. SHARC provided sessional training for the facilitators and the provision of specifically made material and films for the educational content of each meeting.

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JOIN our online Zoom support group for support education and group chat.

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Tumut - A Remote Support Group


SHARC provided remote material, support and facilitator training, which resulted in the establishment of a family support group in a remote pocket of Australia. 


Click here for an overview of the program we worked on with the support group.


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A first of its kind in Australia, this support group for families affected by problem gambling, is delivered through a peer support framework, facilitated by professionals who have also been impacted by problem gambling and other substance addictions. 

With an emphasis on personal safety, self-help and empowerment, the support group delivers therapeutic and practical content along with the opportunity for people to connect through their shared experiences.

Gambling is a complex issue that affects individuals, their families and the wider community. Personal relationships are strained, families become disconnected and the family unit can suffer through desperate attempts to be free from the problem.

At SHARC we understand the challenges you are facing because we’ve been there. We have learnt that trying to control the problem or change the person doesn’t usually provide the desired outcome. Instead we promote bringing our own lives back in focus, shifting from from the problem to self-preservation, empowerment and growth. Because we find "when we keep on doing what we’ve always done, we keep on getting what we’ve always got".

Call our Helpline on 1300 660 068 for details on how you can join our safe and secure meetings from 1.00-2.00pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.

You can also email the Gambling Project Officer, Angela Ireland for further details.



Different times need different solutions

Gamblers have also been forced to change their gambling habits. Today in corona virus isolation gamblers turn to betting on reality TV and even Russian table tennis. With casinos shut and major sports cancelling or postponing their seasons, bookmakers and gambling sites are still finding ways to reach problem gamblers, experts have warned.

Click here for the original article to understand gambling in these different times.


Key points:

  • Experts say the closure of casinos and cancellation of sporting matches will not prevent problem gambling
  • People may start betting more on novelty topics, including reality TV, politics and the weather
  • Restricted access to poker machines could provide short-term relief for some problem gambler

Support services for the gambler

Gambling Help Services

Throughout this period, many Gambling Help and other social and community services are changing the way they operate. Many services are no longer offering face-to-face appointments, but are available for counselling and other services by phone. You can call them on 1800 858 858 or chat to them online at if you’d like to get in touch with a Gambling Help counsellor.

Financial assistance

If you are struggling financially, you may be tempted to turn to gambling to recover. Please investigate the assistance that is available for you instead. The government is introducing measures to assist individuals, families or businesses affected by the Coronavirus. These measures are evolving rapidly and are available to many people and businesses who would not have qualified for financial assistance in the past. Learn more at MoneySmart

For money and debt management, call the National Debt Helpline 1800 007 007. This can be a good time to take stock of how you spend money and learn more about financial management. These are some resources to help you get started – you can also reach out to a Gambling Help service, as above, to speak to a financial counsellor. Many services are now offering financial counselling by phone or video chat.