Ask for help and support during Gambling Harm Awareness Week

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui. COVID-19 has turned a lot of our lives upside down and it may have changed how people gamble.

The focus for Gambling Harm Awareness Week (1st to 6th September 2020) is to acknowledge this has been a tough year and that help and support is available. FREE counselling sessions are available for individuals and concerned others, and this counselling is local, confidential and professional.

Gambling Harm Awareness Week is a good time to check in on your gambling! Take a quiz and assess if gambling is still just for fun – if you’re wondering about your or someone else’s gambling habits.

You can call 0800 654 655 or text to 8006 for 24-hour information and support if you are concerned about someone else’s gambling or wondering about your own gambling.

Stay in control when gambling online

Online gambling is available 24/7. A lot of us have learnt the hard way just how quickly online gambling can go from fun to feeling out of control.

Spending too much time and money gambling online? Stay in control with these free tips:

  • Set yourself a time limit to play online games, apps and social media games. Stick to it.
  • Set a gambling budget, and stick to it. The money you spend can quickly add up.
  • Remove your credit card details.
  • Uninstall the app.
  • Use apps or your internet browser settings to block access to online gambling websites.


About gambling and gambling harm in New Zealand

Gambling-related harm is a continuing health issue in New Zealand, with significant consequences for social and economic wellbeing. Gambling is a form of entertainment – but it can become harmful for many people and their families.

Negative effects on individuals and within communities can be widespread. Gambling harm can negatively impact finances, damage relationships, disrupt work and study, and lead to emotional and psychological distress.

Around 186,000 people in New Zealand are personally affected by gambling harm.

  • Approximately 61,000 people are gambling with moderate or more serious levels of harm. This is equivalent to the entire population of Rotorua.
  • A further 125,000 people are likely to be experiencing at least some level of harm (and are at risk of more severe harm in the future). This is equivalent to the population of Dunedin.

Māori, Pacific and Asian gamblers are disproportionally affected by gambling harm.

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Sources: Health Promotion Agency and Choice not Chance websites.

Published on Thursday, August 20th, 2020, under Uncategorised
Page last updated: 07/09/2020

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