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Posted in News on 24 May, 2016

Media Release-May 2015 Taking the awkward out of talking about problem gambling

Arab Council launches Talkward: Taking the awkward out of talking about problem gambling

Talking to a loved one about gambling issues will become less awkward with the launch this week by Arabic Council Australia of a unique new animated e-card as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2016.

“Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGWA) is from 23-27 May providing an opportunity to raise awareness about the free counselling services and support tools available for people experiencing gambling problems,” said Ms Randa Moussa a Gambling Help Counselling Service Manager with Arab Council Australia.

“The theme of RGAW 2016 is Family and Friends for two very important reasons. The support of family and friends can make a major difference in helping problem gamblers muster the strength to overcome their gambling addiction“.

However, at the same time an estimated 10 other people can be negatively affected by one person’s gambling problem — not only partners and family but also workmates and friends - so they may also need support as well.

“One of the biggest challenges can be raising the issue of problem gambling. It can be a very awkward thing to do. People are often afraid that mentioning someone’s gambling problem may damage their relationship with that person.”

In response, Gambling Help is launching an animated e-card campaign, Talkward, to help break through any stigma and encourage dialogue and support from family and friends.

The e-cards, which can be customised and personalised, humorously focus on a thorny subject but carry a serious message: now we’ve got the awkward bit out of the way, let’s have a talk in real life.

“We are also launching another resource during RGAW, a free self-help booklet for family and friends,” said Ms Moussa “It has a wealth of information on how to protect yourself financially and emotionally and also assist loved ones with their problem.