Awareness and prevention
Information and resources
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
We know how easy it is to start betting. It can be exciting, especially if your mates are doing it.
And if you've got a phone and you're on Facebook or Twitter, gambling is in your face. Same with betting ads when you're watching TV or at a game.
It might also feel like a good way to deal with stress, boredom or loneliness.
But when it stops being fun and begins to take up too much of your money and time, it can make life pretty crappy.
If betting has taken over your life, we can help you get it back.
If you think you might have a problem, here are some signs to look for:
Still not sure? Take the quiz to see if you might have a problem.
If you think you have a problem, talking to someone you trust is a great first step to get back in control. You don't need to feel embarrassed. Once you've spoken to someone about it, you'll probably feel relieved.
You could talk to:
Ask them to help you work out what to do next.
If you think some of your mates are in the same situation, you could also ask how you might be able to help them too.
If you like to bet, here are some things to think about:
If you see a betting or gaming ad or post appear in your newsfeed on Facebook you can click on the arrow in the top right-hand corner and select 'Hide all adverts' or 'Unfollow'.
If you see ads on Twitter you'd like to hide, click the 'More' button (represented by three dots) below the Tweet and choose 'Block'.
And if you'd like to block promoted posts on Instagram you can do this by clicking on the word 'Sponsored' above the photo and select 'Hide this'. You will then get the option to hide the post or choose to hide all posts from the betting or gaming account.
Call 1800 262 376 for advice and support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's anonymous, confidential and free.
Or chat online with a counsellor at Gambling Help Online. This service is also available 24/7.
Find out how to contact us if you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.