Harmful gambling can affect all aspects of a person's life - including their workplace.
People who have harmful gambling behaviours may be stressed and distracted, making them unable to work to their full potential.
It’s likely that 186,000 Kiwis are experiencing a level of gambling-related harm, but even so it’s often hidden from view.
Gambling Harm Awareness Week (2-8 September) encourages people to “take time out from gambling and put time into whānau”. Evidence shows spending time with a loved one and doing activities (like going for a walk or sharing kai) is a practical way to distract people from gambling and help to beat gambling harm.
Gambling can start out as fun, but any form of gambling can become ‘unfun’.
There are a number of ways you could proactively help your staff:
- Invite them to take this easy two minute quiz at ChoiceNotChance.org.nz to see whether their gambling is still just for fun.
- Look out for the early signs of gambling harm. These include trying to win back your losses, hiding gambling from others, or feeling guilty about gambling.
- Download images and posters to help promote Gambling Harm Awareness Week and any workplace events
- Order free hardcopy brochures and workplace posters about gambling harm in various languages.
- Keep an eye on the Choice Not Chance website to see what's planned for 2019 and follow its Facebook page for ways to get involved.
- If you or someone you know needs help now, call the Gambling Helpline on 0800 654 654 or text them on 8006. It’s free and available 24/7.
In addition, you can refer people to free and confidential face-to-face counselling and support services in your local community.
Check the Gambling Harm Awareness Week website to see what's happening near you.