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.
This Gambling Harm Awareness Week has a list of free family-friendly events taking place around the country during Gambling Harm Awareness Week (3-9 September 2018).
During that week, people are encouraged to “take time out from gambling and put time into whānau”. Taking time out for activities with loved ones, for example by going fishing or sharing kai, is a practical way to beat gambling harm.
Gambling can start out as fun, but there is a point for everyone where it 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 the Gambling Harm Awareness Week Toolkit – for ideas to leverage national key messages
- 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 2018 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 face-to-face counselling and support services in your local community.