Power up: How to support your willpower

Callers to the Gambling Help telephone line often say, “I just have to have more willpower” as a strategy to manage their gambling.  Then, when exercising their willpower is not enough to reduce or stop gambling, they decide: “I am weak willed.”  In reality, neither statement is true.  When we are trying to change any … Continue reading Power up: How to support your willpower

You can bank on your buddy: Ask a friend to hold your money

People who are trying to change their gambling habits can find that managing their money is especially difficult. Getting money on payday can lead to gambling, especially if money has been tight or you have recently received a large bill which triggers the urge to gamble to make money. Choosing someone to help you manage … Continue reading You can bank on your buddy: Ask a friend to hold your money

Join the Dots: The connection between mental health and gambling

For many Gambling Help clients, the struggle with gambling can be a symptom of a broader issue: a reaction to a stressful experience in their life, such as grief or loneliness, or a response to an ongoing mental health issue. Sometimes we might not realise the connection until a counsellor helps ‘join the dots’. Some … Continue reading Join the Dots: The connection between mental health and gambling

4 ways to get help: What do they look like?

People thinking about making changes to their gambling habits often find it daunting deciding where to start: Should you go to Gambling Anonymous meetings? Go to see a psychologist? See a counsellor? Try to do it all by yourself? If you’re seeking help for the first time, it’s understandable that you may be confused about … Continue reading 4 ways to get help: What do they look like?