Information & Resources

Coast Community Connections provides the following useful information and resources for community members in relation to problem gambling:

The Gambling Help Online national website offers free live counselling, information and email support to anyone seeking support for a gambling concern in a confidential environment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Tips for dealing with problem gamblers

Look after yourself first:

  • protect and secure your finances
  • seek professional advice and emotional support

Don't rescue:

  • don't lend the gambler money - you'll just be supporting the gambling
  • offer support but don't take responsbility away from them

Don't criticise:

  • talk calmly about how the gambling affects you, not about how they have hurt you
  • ask them if they are happy with what they are doing - show sincere concern
  • offer support, not harrassment

Be realistic:

  • know your limits - you may not be able to support this person
  • again, seek professional advice and support


Telephone support

If you require immediate assistance for a gambling concern please call the National Helpline for Problem Gambling on 1800 858 858 for free, professional and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


For assistance 24 hours, 365 days a year call 1800 858 858

This service is funded by the NSW State Government through the Responsible Gambling Fund