Why is help seeking important?

​Gambling becomes a problem when a person’s gambling causes emotional, financial or other difficulties for themselves as well as the family and friends around them. Problem gambling is harmful and can lead to serious consequences for both gamblers and their families. Problem gamblers are often unable to control or stop their gambling habit. This is why it is important to recognise the signs and encourage a gambler to seek counselling help before the problem becomes worse. ​​​​​​

Why is counselling necessary?

​International research has shown that counselling can help a person reduce and eventually stop gambling. However, counselling is not just for the problem gambler. It is an important part of helping both gamblers and their families address problem gambling related issues. Counselling can be conducted individually or as a group.

Individual Counselling is tailored to the individual, and can cover areas such as money management, preventing relapse, managing stress and repairing relationships with family members.

Group Counselling provides a platform for gamblers and family members to give or receive support from their peers, and share experiences and ways to cope with problem gambling related issues.

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Recognise the Signs

In order to help someone with a gambling problem, it is first important to spot the signs early. Telltale signs include marked changes in financial status, as well as behaviour and attitude. Problem gamblers are often unable to recognise that they have a problem and it is important for family and friends to recognise the problem and take action.

Learn about gambling behaviour and how to identify, understand and manage the triggers and distorted beliefs that lead one to gamble. Click here to find out more.​​

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Practical Tips

If you suspect that you or a family member may have a gambling problem, seek help immediately from a trained counsellor.
If you have a loved one that may be a problem gambler, you may want to consider the following:

  • Close all joint checking and savings accounts, and create new accounts in your name only.
  • Guard savings accounts and make them inaccessible to the gambler.
  • Encourage him/her to go for Counselling services.
  • Call the National Problem Gambling Helpline 1800-6-668-668 for help and advice.