Edition #16: August 2019

Uncle Daryl Smith, photo: James Henry
Uncle Daryl Smith, photo: James Henry
Uncle Daryl Smith, photo: James Henry

It’s never too late to give up gambling

Uncle Daryl Smith says when you’re giving up gambling, the important thing is to hang in there. If you gamble again, then have another go at giving up. You’ll get better and better.

Photo of man in his thirties with short dark hair and close-cropped beard wearing a blue sports shirt and holding a soccer ball under his arm, looking off to his left with a serious expression, a stadium in the background.
Photo of man in his thirties with short dark hair and close-cropped beard wearing a blue sports shirt and holding a soccer ball under his arm, looking off to his left with a serious expression, a stadium in the background.

Carl Valeri on loving the game

Recently retired Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri talks about what he loves most about playing soccer, and why he’s having conversations with his kids about sports betting.

Photo of a smiling teenage boy with short dark hair wearing a blue T-shirt and head phones around his neck, sitting at a desk on which there are two computer screens, one with a video game displayed.
Photo of a smiling teenage boy with short dark hair wearing a blue T-shirt and head phones around his neck, sitting at a desk on which there are two computer screens, one with a video game displayed.

Lifting the lid on gaming

The popularity of gambling-like products in computer games played by many Australian children comes under the spotlight in new videos released this week.

Photo of a smiling middle-aged woman with a grey curly bob wearing glasses, a blue jumper and blue and white striped scarf, standing in a native garden on a sunny day.
Photo of a smiling middle-aged woman with a grey curly bob wearing glasses, a blue jumper and blue and white striped scarf, standing in a native garden on a sunny day.

The accidental advocate

Gambling on the pokies was a solution that quickly became a problem for Anna Bardsley. A member of the Foundation’s Lived Experience Advisory Committee, Anna says storytelling plays a big part in her recovery from addiction.

Illustration showing poker machine symbols – trees, four-leafed clovers, Q, J, 9 – and three black dog symbols, lining up in a column.
Illustration showing poker machine symbols – trees, four-leafed clovers, Q, J, 9 – and three black dog symbols, lining up in a column.

Finding a way out of the forest: mental health and gambling

Poor mental health can increase vulnerability to gambling harm. Improving recognition of this among health practitioners, as well as making the gambling environment safer, drove our recommendations to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.