What is Problem Gambling?
While many people gamble safely, a significant number of individuals, whānau and communities are negatively impacted by their own or someone else's gambling. Individuals hide it from their families. Communities don’t often talk about it, and loved ones often find it hard to deal with.
But, there are some things we can all do to change this situation. Our health promoter's mahi increases awareness about gambling harm and supports communities to prevent and respond to harmful gambling.
Five facts about gambling
What is Tui Ora's role?
Tui Ora Public Health Team provide health promotion and problem gambling education workshops throughout the region to promote the reduction of gambling related harm.
The service does not currently provide open workshops however if you or your business/organisation is interested in an education session for staff contact Sue.Martin@tuiora.co.nz.
What is happening in Taranaki?
Tui Ora recently lodged a submission in support of the New Plymouth District Council's proposed changes to the Class 4 Gambling Policy which would see a ‘Sinking Lid’ Policy adopted for the Waitara Community. The aim of this policy is to lower the number of electronic gaming machines from 42 to 25 which would bring the community in line with other similar areas to reduce gambling related harm.
On the 15th November 2017 the NPDC adopted the changes and released a statement advising it will introduce a sinking lid policy for gaming machines in Waitara and a cap of 320 for the rest of district (excluding Waitara). View the statement here.
Gambling Support Resources
Problem Gambling Foundation - Visit their website here.
The Problem Gambling Foundation provides an range of fact sheets available online including;
Choice not Chance - Visit their website here.
The choice not chance page provides information, resources and short quiz's that test your knowledge around problem gambling and outline the impact it has having on whanau and communities throughout New Zealand.
Problem Gambling Foundation.
If you are concerned about your own gambling or someone else’s gambling, we can help
Choice no Chance
If you need help to get back on track, text or call the numbers below, or check out the other support options.Website: www.choicenotchance.org.nz
For free 24 hour support, call 0800 654 655 or text 8006
Our Gambling Helpline team offers free confidential support over the phone or by text. We can also help arrange for you to see a counsellor in your area.