Gamblers at risk and their help seeking behaviour

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Gamblers at Risk and Their Help Seeking Behaviour is a recent study undertaken by the Centre for Gambling Education and Research, Southern Cross University for Gambling Research Australia.

The aim of this study was to examine, identify and analyse gambler’s formal and informal help seeking behaviour. The study found that there was a low overall awareness of the gambling help specific services by the respondents. Indigenous and CALD gamblers also revealed a low awareness of professional help overall. 

The stigma and shame felt by people with a gambling problem, along with the secrecy surrounding the problem, creates a barrier for seeking either professional or non-professional help.