Gambling harm destroys people, families and communities.
The gambling lobby doesn't want these stories to be told. They want you to believe gambling in Australia doesn't hurt anyone, and actually helps our economy.
Brave supporters are telling their stories so that the truth can get out.
These are the real stories of how gambling harm is impacting people all across Australia.
If you want to share your story, you can submit it here.
1. Ian, Melbourne
G’day my name is Ian Brett,
I’m a Champion for Change with Alliance for Gambling Reform I’ve lived in the northeastern suburbs of Melbourne for the best part of the last 41 years apart from a few short stays in Brisbane as a young man where I first became self employed as a subcontractor building Chain wire Fencing after learning the job once leaving school as a 15 year old with big plans of starting my own business, you see I first started working part time at a Panel Beating Shop as a 9 year old doing odd jobs and sweeping floors for a bit of pocket money,before I knew it I had 3 part time jobs and a gambling addiction that started off innocently enough having a small each way bet on the horses with my dad you see things were very different in the early 80s and that’s where my long journey of harm and recovery from this indiscriminate gambling addiction began.
I found myself experiencing all kinds of harm from this addiction,I was losing everything I earned and after Crown Casino opened I was drawn to it like a magnet! you see I already had a liking for Black Jack after being introduced too Jupiters Casino on the Gold
Coast, where I’d win and lose thousands of dollars just as quick always leaving desperate and depressed.
I had a Breakdown in 1993 and soon found myself on the wrong side of the law in a suicidal state.
After a stressful stretch in jail and Psychiatric Hospitals for rehabilitation! I began a longjourney to recover from drug,
alcohol and gambling addictions! which had a positive impact on my mental health issues.
I gave up drugs in 2001, cigarettes in 2008 and self excluded from Crown Casino in 2013 and called Gamblers Help in 2015 so I could have my self exclusion revoked,but at my first appointment had an epiphany I needed help and I received it.
Lucky for me my gambling councillor was a psychologist,with all the experience needed to not only to help me with my
gambling addiction, but life Changing help for my Mental Health which I had suffered from my gambling addiction, she gave
me the connections and support too overcome my phobias and anxiety.
2. Anne, Melbourne