Stories for Change - Alliance for Gambling Reform

our stories make us powerful

our stories make us powerful

The debate around gambling harm has been changed by the stories of people directly affected. We know that all communities are impacted by gambling, but the true impact is often hidden. Real stories from real people who’ve experienced gambling harm are a powerful vehicle for influencing social change.

We are asking you to share your story along with other people who have experienced gambling harm. We would then also be able to include them in submissions to all levels of government, so that those in positions of power can never again say that gambling is not an issue in their communities.

If you would like to share your story, please click on the link below, you can remain anonymous if you prefer. Nothing will be shared or published without your consent.

If you gamble or have gambled yourself,  felt the impact of gambling on someone close to you, or seen the impact of gambling in your local community, we want to hear from you.


The following people have shared their stories in the hope that others will understand that gambling harm can impact any person or family and reforms are needed to prevent further harm.






Both Shonica and Carolyn are available for media comment. Please contact our Communications Coordinator, Rebecca on 0491 209 436 for any media inquiries. 

Reading personal stories of gambling harm may be difficult or distressing. There may be aspects of someone’s story that triggers parts of your own. Telling your own story or reflecting on how gambling has impacted your life or those around you is not easy. 

Reach out for support if you need it.

Gamblers Help 1800 858 858  

Beyond Blue - for anyone feeling anxious or depressed 1300 22 4636

Gambling Help Online

Help in other languages

12 Step, Gamblers Anonymous 

Lifeline 13 11 14