Queenslanders are being reminded during this year’s Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) that Getting help is a safe bet if they or someone they know are impacted by problem gambling.
Held annually and supported by the Queensland Government, the week runs from Monday, 27 July to Sunday, 2 August and promotes responsible gambling and the support available to people who feel gambling may have become a problem for them, or their family and friends.
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said RGAW was particularly important this year, with the impacts of coronavirus.
“Many people are still dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, such as unemployment, isolation, loneliness, anxiety or depression which could place them at a heightened risk of gambling harm,” she said.
“This harm may include negative impacts on finances, health, wellbeing, work, study, or relationships.
“I’m asking everyone to take time this week to stop, take a breath and reflect on their gambling.
“If you can identify any signs of problem gambling in your own behaviour, or in someone close to you, reaching out for help is the safest bet.
“Signs to look out for include gambling to escape problems or feelings and chasing losses – it’s important not to treat gambling as a way to make money.”