Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Seek support and show gambling who’s boss

    19/10/2020 6:05 AM
    • Responsible Gambling Awareness Week begins today and runs until October 25
    • State Government partners with industry to provide support services for problem gamblers
    • Counselling and 24/7 helpline service is available, with Show Gambling Who's Boss advertising campaign continuing

    Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 2020 begins today (October 19), with Western Australians reminded to seek support if they feel their gambling behaviours are affecting their finances, mental health or relationships.


    The annual event is aimed at promoting responsible gambling and highlighting the support services available to those experiencing gambling-related harm.  


    The State Government's 'Show Gambling Who's Boss' campaign, first launched in 2018, continues - with the Gamble Aware website having had over 60,000 visits since the campaign's launch.


    The State Government and industry also fund the Problem Gambling Helpline 24/7 helpline, online counselling and face-to-face counselling services for those experiencing problems with gambling.  


    Anyone concerned about their gambling is urged to seek support by calling the Problem Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 or by visiting the Gamble Aware website.


    Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Responsible Gambling Awareness Week provides an opportunity to reflect on healthy gambling practices and start up a conversation if you think a friend or a loved one is experiencing gambling harm and encourage them to seek support.


    "The State Government and industry fund a number of initiatives year-round to assist people whose gambling behaviour is impacting their finances, mental health or relationships, and we encourage anyone in need to make use of these services.


    "Along with the successful 'Show Gambling Who's Boss' campaign, the Problem Gambling Helpline and Gamble Aware website provide important avenues to promote conversations and break down any stigmas associated with seeking help."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600