MHFA: Helping someone with gambling problems

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Gambling is an enjoyable recreational pursuit for many people. However, for some it can lead to significant harms.

Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA) and Melbourne University have developed guidelines for how a concerned family member, friend or member of the public can recognise the signs of gambling problems and support a person to change their gambling.

The guidelines are available from the website of Mental Health First Aid Australia

These guidelines are based on the consensus of gambling researchers or professionals, and people with a lived experience of gambling, either as a person with a history of gambling problems or an ‘affected other’.

Mental Health First Aid Australia and Turning Point are also conducting an evaluation of the usefulness of the guidelines when downloaded.

If you would like more information, please see the MHFA flyer or contact: Kathy Bond, Research Officer, MHFA, kathybond@mhfa.com.au

* The guidelines were developed with funding from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and in collaboration with the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and Turning Point.