Video transcript: Family and friends web film

Lucy: James, wake up. My husband has a problem with gambling. I've given up trying to fix it – it's just what our life is now. At times I feel like I'm stuck in a room where all the doors are locked and I can't get out.

Rosa: My son gambles. I sometimes wonder if it's my fault. Did I do something? Or not do something? It's affecting everything. Actually I'm a bit embarrassed that it's got this bad.

Chloe: My Dad gambles a lot. He thinks I don't know about it, but I do. I've known there was something going on for a while now. I look at my friends' parents and it's a whole other world than mine. It's nothing special. It's just… I don't know… normal. I want normal.

Rosa: My other kids don't say anything about it any more. And it's not the sort of thing I discuss with my friends. Everyone has their own problems. I would like to think that my son could take control himself, but I know it's not that simple. And gambling is everywhere you look, these days.

Chloe: I used to get my hopes up that things might change - that one day we'd all just wake up and things would be better. But I know that that's not gonna happen. I thought about talking to Mum, but it's like, if I'm OK, she's OK. But I know she's not, she's not okay.

Lucy: The gambling makes life hard, but it's the loneliness that really gets to me. I don't talk to anyone else about it because I don't want anyone to know. I know that he's hurting, and I don't want to have to choose, but the kids need to be my number one priority.


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Voice over: Authorised by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Melbourne.

Read more about how we are putting families and friends at the forefront of our thinking in reducing harm caused by problem gambling.

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