Mario Bird found gambling at 16 and says it was a match made in heaven. Now, after a hard-won recovery, he wants young men, in particular, to know what it can do to your life.
What started out as a childhood hobby led me to the dream job where I could live and breathe betting and racing. But along the way it consumed my life.
A friend’s compassion helped a young man gain control of his gambling addiction and find new purpose supporting young refugees and migrants to achieve their dreams.
The Uber of Australia’s lottery industry is using an online sports bookmaker licence to offer Australians lottery on steroids.
Lynda Genser’s pokies habit led to a criminal charge, but she quit with the support of her family and is now making a difference as a member of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Lived Experience Advisory Committee.
New CEO of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Shane Lucas previews the stories in the latest Inside gambling e-Magazine.
Having bet on horses since he was 17, Bill says winning streaks always end the same way: losing big. But his final winning streak ended when he was also stricken with grief. Today, helping others, he feels better than ever about himself.
Mat Crompton’s love for sport turned into an online sports betting compulsion that isolated him from friends and family and consumed his early 20s. His way out was to ask why: why was he gambling and what could life be like if he gave it up.
Leading psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg knows peer pressure and the need for instant gratification make teenagers a prime target for betting companies, and suggests ways to help them resist the temptation.
What do gaming and gambling have in common? Much more than you might think. We highlight three pilot programs helping to raise awareness about the link between gaming and gambling, and equip parents and young people with the tools to prevent potential harm.
Fleeing war in Lebanon 32 years ago, Nabil came to Australia to start a new life. After marriage and five kids, an unfortunate turn of events saw him seek comfort in gambling.
Profound shame about their gambling and its impact on their family’s reputation is stopping many gamblers in the Australian-Vietnamese community from seeking help - and leading some to jail.
A strict childhood and difficult marriage left Elizabeth with little self-confidence. Free at last at 50, the pokies seemed a safe place for a woman her age to go. She now volunteers for Gambler’s Help.
As part of the Love the Game program, Richmond Football Club’s Next Generation Academy held an educational session on gambling that it hopes will have a positive impact on marginalised communities.
Coming to Australia to study can be highly stressful, and gambling may seem a fun, new way to escape. Chinese Gambler’s Help supports students and others in the Chinese community to know the risks and recover from harm.
A financial and a therapeutic counsellor work in tandem with clients to help them manage their stress while freeing them from the financial quicksand gambling has trapped them in.
Two-time AFL premiership winner Brent Guerra had a big win on the races in 2011. It made him feel on top of the world, but ended up being the worst thing that has ever happened to him.
Having freed himself from his own gambling nightmare, Lived Experience Advisory Committee member Shayne Rodgers is using the life-changing lessons he learnt to help others.
Tyrone Mitchell grew up with gambling around him, and now it’s all his friends want to do at the pub. He wants his community and his mates to realise what they’re losing and to break the habit.
After nearly 30 years of a destructive pokies addiction, Ann has drawn the line, with support from her family and a group of ‘lovely, caring’ people to whom she’s bared her soul, but never met.