The signs of when gambling took over

During Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (26 July–1 August 2021) we are reminding people to stop, take a breath, and think about their gambling—and highlighting the help available.

This year’s theme ‘When gambling took over…’, raises awareness of the signs of problem gambling and encourages people to seek help. Allen, David and Louise are the three people featured in this campaign.

You can watch their stories about how their gambling turned into problem gambling and how they have been able to overcome the challenges this caused them.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week remains particularly important with many Queenslanders still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 health crisis, such as unemployment, financial stress, loneliness, anxiety or depression. This could place them at heightened risk of gambling harm.

If gambling has become a problem for you or someone you know, help and resources are available, including:

  • tools to measure how much you spend on gambling and how risky your gambling is
  • information about the signs of problem gambling behaviour and tips on how to talk with someone who may need help
  • self-help strategies
  • information about how to ban yourself from specific gambling providers, products or services.

Whether you gamble, are concerned for someone who does, or you work at a gambling venue, visit Gambling Help Queensland and get involved.