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Wesley Mission raises awareness of problem gambling

22 May 2015 Wesley Mission news

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week aims to raise awareness among young people about the dangers of gambling and help them to avoid making habits that will have a negative impact on their future.

Gambling Awareness Week 2015

This year, during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, the Wesley StreetSmart van will be equipped with merchandise and ready to speak with any young people wanting to talk about the issue of gambling.

The staff at Wesley Family Centre Nepean have received training in gambling awareness as part of the campaign.

“While gambling is not necessarily one of the primary issues facing the young people we work with, we know that problem gambling can often remain hidden within families for a long time, and that’s why it’s so important to raise awareness and provide information about seeking support,” said Team Leader, Sarah-Jane McGrath.

“Raising awareness of this issue may prompt some conversations about the way gambling is affecting families that wouldn’t happen otherwise.”

New programs and resources set to be launched during the campaign include Year 11 and 12 lesson plans, interactive awareness sessions and a new booklet called Talking to Teens About Gambling.

According to Gambling Help New South Wales, young people are becoming more exposed to gambling through television, the online environment and prominent sponsorships.

With the onset of smartphones, anyone anywhere can gamble. The campaign focuses on educating young people to be aware of realities such as the odds of winning and the costs of losing so they can have an informed approach to gambling and its promotion.

Wesley StreetSmart is a mobile youth outreach service and just one of the ways Wesley Mission supports young people in need. We have Wesley StreetSmart vans in Newcastle, Kingswood, Mt Druitt, Rouse Hill and South Windsor reaching out to young people in the local neighbourhoods and providing support in a variety of ways.