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Getting Help

Many people just like you have resolved their gambling problems by seeking help through our support services. We know that taking the first step can be hard. But once you decide to get help, the rest is easier than you might think. Find the support that's right for you.

Young people

Are you under 25? We have a dedicated support service just for you. We provide information, advice and support to young people 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's free, confidential and anonymous. We can also help you if someone you care about is having problems with gambling.

Call Gambler's Help Youthline on 1800 262 376.  

Signs you might have a gambling problem

Think you might have a problem with your gambling?  Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Feeling of depression including isolation from friends
  • Obsession with simulated gaming apps and games
  • Spending lots of time talking or thinking about gambling
  • Experiencing mood swings, feeling stressed when not gambling
  • Having fights with your family about gambling
  • Obsessing about odds when watching sport instead of focusing on the game
  • Lying or being secretive about gambling activities
  • Missing school or grades falling due to time being spent gambling
  • Borrowing or taking money from family and friends
  • Continuing to gamble to win back money you have lost.

Who can you talk to about this?

You could think about talking to:

  • A friend or family member
  • Your doctor
  • A teacher or student welfare coordinator
  • A youth worker or social worker at a community health centre
  • Gambler's Help Youthline: 1800 262 376 FREECALL, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 FREECALL, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Gambler's Help: 1800 858 858 FREECALL, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Gambling Help online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Things to think about if you like to gamble

  • The odds of winning on any game are hardly ever in your favour.
  • It doesn't matter how long to play, the odds of winning don't change whether you are on game 1 or game 100.
  • Knowing who is in or out of form might improve your likelihood of winning more points in the tipping comp but chance always comes into play.
  • The gambling industry exists to make a profit.
  • Looking out for your mates is part of being a teenager – think about how being an informed friend can help your mates.
  • Gambling can be a form of escape if you are feeling lonely or isolated.  Think about who you can talk to if you need help, such as your parents, teachers, school counsellor or gambling help professionals.
  • Gambling online is risky.  The Australian Government's cybersafety website has information about online games and staying safe online.
  • If you want more information on the real chances of winning big and more, go to Gambling's not a game.

You're not the one with the gambling problem?

Does your parent or someone you care about have a problem with gambling? We can help you in lots of ways. We offer free information, advice and tips for coping with the situation.


Call Gambler's Help Youthline on

1800 262 376. 


Find out how to contact us if you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment.

Understand What's Going on with Alcohol and Drugs

Drugs and alcohol change the balance of chemicals that help your brain to think, feel, create and make decisions. The drugs and alcohol you use can affect you both now and in the future. Changing drug and alcohol habits can take time, but with support and perseverance you will notice positive changes in your mental and physical wellbeing.

Types of drugs and alcohol

There are three main types of drugs – depressants, stimulants and hallucinogens. They all cause your mind and body to react in different ways.

How people react to drugs and alcohol depends on the person’s size, the type and amount of alcohol and drugs being taken, and how often they are being used.

For more information about particular drugs and their effects have a look at Drug Facts.

Youth beyondblue  

Going through tough times? Stress, anxiety and feeling down can affect anyone, and in fact happens to a lot of us at some point in our lives.We all have good days and bad days. However, if you're feeling sad, down or anxious and these feelings have started to affect what you would normally enjoy or do, then it's important to find out what's going on and what you can do about it.

The BRAVE Program

If you are a young person who would like help managing worry and anxiety, The BRAVE Program is an interactive, online program for the prevention and treatment of anxiety. The program provides ways for young people to better cope with their worries. There are also programs for parents.

The desk

thedesk is a free online program aimed at providing Australian tertiary students with strategies and skills for success and well being during their time at university or TAFE. 

Get involved and help others

Youth beyondblue encourages you to get involved and help our Australian community understand anxiety anddepression. There are plenty of ways you can help. 
You can support us by contributing to the forumsbecoming a speaker or joining blueVoices. It’s easy to get involved so we hope you will join us to raise awareness, decrease stigma and encourage help seeking.


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