Awareness and prevention
When your mum or dad or someone you care about is betting too much, it can be really stressful and hard to know what to do or where to turn.
If their betting causes arguments, you may worry about your safety, or the safety of people close to you.
It can hurt if they seem to care more about betting than about you.
It's also hard not to think about money and if there will be enough to live on.
If a friend is gambling you may feel like you're losing them, and want to help but don't know how.
We can help you with free information and advice for coping.
There are signs to look for if you think someone has a gambling problem. They may:
The good news is lots of people take the first steps towards getting help when they understand how much their betting is hurting people close to them.
But talking to someone about their betting can be very difficult. Especially if you're not sure how they will react.
If you're worried that someone close to you has a betting problem, think about first talking to:
Ask them to help you work out the best way to approach the situation.
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.
If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service.