Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2015
People who like to gamble are being encouraged to “Stay On Track” during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW). The theme to this year’s RGAW, which runs from May 25 to 31, highlights a free smartphone application Stay On Track SA. The App is a free budgeting tool for gamblers to use to help them set budgets and stick to them.
On this Sunday 31st May, Community Access and Services South Australia will have a Family Forum to promote responsible gambling and positive family relationship. “We are taking this opportunity to raise awareness about responsible gambling and how important it is for people to control their gambling,” Ms Lan Nguyen said.
Details of event here:
Event: HAPPY FAMILY FORUM
Venue: CASSA: 62 Athol Street, Athol Park SA 5012
Time: Sunday 31/5/2015 12pm-4pm
Contact: (08) 8447 8821
“The consequences of someone losing control of their gambling can be devastating, for the person gambling and their family and friends, and we see this often in our work as counsellors”, she said.
The good news is that help is available anytime through the 1800 858 858 gambling helpline number, and assistance is free and confidential. Additionally, CASSA provides gambling help services for people from Vietnamese backgrounds who are affected by gambling problem. The services include one on one support and therapy for gamblers and support for their significant others. Our office opens Monday-Friday (9am-5pm), people can walk in or phone us on 8447 8821 to arrange the meetings.
The Stay On Track SA App, made available by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, is an early intervention tool bettors can use discreetly on their smartphone to update their wins and losses and manage their gambling.
“It’s easy to lose track of wins and losses but you can easily record your bets with this App,” Ms Nguyen said. “For those people who may be worried about a friend or relative who is gambling too much, we know that it can be a difficult topic to raise. “This App is a good way to start a conversation. It won’t cost anything, it helps people think about how much they are spending, and how much they are comfortable losing, and it also has all the information you need to get help. Before you raise gambling with someone, we recommend that people ring helpline first or talk to one of our gambling counsellor.”
Another resource is a free SMS reminders service, which delivers regular messages including facts about gambling, messages of encouragement and information about help and support to subscribers. You can subscribe to the service online at www.problemgambling.sa.gov.au/freesmsreminders
or download the App from the Apple App Store for iPhones or Google Play for Android.
Buoi Hoi Thao: Happy Family Forum Flyer