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Gamble Aware Week: 18-24 October 2021

21 October 2021


This week marks GambleAware Week in New South Wales, and everyone in is encouraged to think and talk about the impacts of gambling – on themselves, people they know, and our community. 

The week runs from on 18 – 24 October, coinciding with the reopening of the state and people making their way back to gaming venues. The theme this year is ‘Let’s talk gambling’ and encourages us all to have open and honest conversations with each other about our gambling behaviour. 

We’re all looking forward to reconnecting, but we need to be on the lookout for signs that could flag gambling is an issue for ourselves, our friends or our loved ones. For many people gambling is an occasional bit of fun, but for some it can become an issue, so being ready to have the conversation is really important. Being gamble aware means knowing and spotting the signs before it becomes an issue. 

To mark GambleAware Week 2021, the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling has launched a podcast series, ‘Let’s Talk Gambling’, to get the conversation started. Expert guests will drill into some tough topics including kids gaming and gambling, how to start a conversation with someone you’re worried about, and the impact of Covid-19 on gambling. The series will also include real stories from people sharing their own personal experiences with gambling harm. 

To access the ‘Let’s Talk Gambling’ podcast, head to:

The GambleAware phoneline 1800 858 858 is open 24 hours a day for anyone needing support. It is free and confidential.

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