Awareness and prevention
When a parent has an issue with gambling, it can have a huge impact on their children. Studies have shown that children of people with gambling problems are far more likely to have gambling problems themselves later in life.
It is important to help children affected by gambling. Although they may not say anything, they can feel isolated, angry and depressed by what's happening at home.
In extreme cases, gambling may mean children:
To minimise the effect on children and to support them emotionally:
We offer help and advice on how to monitor the wellbeing and development of children, so you can minimise the impact. Call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858 to make an appointment with a counsellor.
If you're a young person and worried that a parent or someone close to you has a problem with gambling, you can call Gambler's Help Youthline on 1800 262 376 for advice and support.
We also have information specifically for young people who are worried about someone else's betting.
If you think you have a betting problem, we have information to help you with that too.
Tackling gambling issues with your teenager can be difficult.
We can help with support and advice, and have specific information if you're concerned about your teenager's betting.
For more information about getting help if someone close to you has a gambling problem, see:
You can also call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858 or Gambler's Help Youthline on 1800 262 376 for free, confidential, professional advice and support. These phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you would like to chat live with a counsellor online, visit gambling help online. This service is also available 24/7.