|Calling the Gambling Helpline and discussing your situation is a good first step towards getting help. We can also refer you to your local face to face problem gambling counselling agency.
If you're not ready to contact us yet, the self-help booklets that you can download (on the right) provide some detailed ideas around steps that you can take. After you've had a look at these you might want a copy to be posted to you - please call us and let us know.
Other suggestions include:
Start putting into action the following plan:
- Get a check up from your GP about your general health.
- Contact the Gambling Debt Helpline and/or arrange to see the budget services in your area to start addressing your financial situation.
- Go to a GA or Gam Anon Meeting if one is near you. We can give you contact details.
- Seek professional help from one of the face to face counselling agencies that the Helpline can connect you with.
- Phone the Gambling Helpline for regular follow-up support.
- Avoid the gambling venues, i.e., don't go to the TAB/Pub/Casino, etc.
- Alternatives - do other things instead of gambling, e.g., listen to music, visit friends, crosswords etc.
- Exercise (if approved by GP) to enhance self care.
- Take one day at a time.
- Affirmation - say to yourself, "Just for today I won't gamble".
Downloadable self help booklets
Concerned about your Gambling?
Concerned about someone's gambling?
Preparing for a change
10 warning signs
Frequently asked questions
Click here for a list of informative sites providing support and information on problem gambling.