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Programs and Workshops

Problem Gambling Help Support Group

Blacktown CatholicCare Social Services(02) 8822 2222

Where:      51-59 Allawah St Blacktown NSW 2148

Date:         Saturdays continuing from Saturday 4th October, 2014

Time:         12:30pm – 2:00pm

Cost:          Free

What happens:

Weekly meetings usually last for one and a half hours and are led by a trained counsellor. 

Our support groups are free-of-charge and there is no need to book attendance - simply call  (02) 8822 2222 if you have questions about the group. 

The groups usually comprise a small number of people who come together to share personal experiences and information in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Participants often form a bond based on the commonality of their day-to-day experiences. They learn from each other, experience relief, and become inspired by each others' journeys. Often there are people present who have taken steps towards wellbeing after a period of problems with gambling behaviours, who provide support to others, in their own stories.

Problem gamblers are individuals who have experienced adverse consequences as a result of gambling behaviours. Problem gambling affects not only the wellbeing of the person with a gambling problem, approximately 5-6 people are impacted for each person who experiences problems with gambling in their lives.

Problem gamblers and the people around them may experience different concerns, as a result of gambling behaviours:

  • Financial problems
  • Relationship/family breakdown
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Difficulties at work or unemployment
  • Feelings of guilt and desperation
  • Feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Low self-esteem

The Gambling Help Support Group at CatholicCare Social Services Blacktown is open to problem gamblers and family members, as well as to anyone whose life has been impacted by problems associated with problem gambling.  If you would like more information please contact CatholicCare Social Services at Blacktown and ask to speak with Trish Nowland or Linda Davis.


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