Free specialist gambling counselling in the Illawarra Shoalhaven
Problem gambling has been shown to be strongly comorbid with other health and mental health issues.
That's why screening is so important; particularly when patients present with symptoms of anxiety and depression and/or drug and alcohol issues.
An initial screening question to ask in these situations is, "Have you ever gambled more than you intended to?”
Family members may also require treatment for stress and psychological problems caused by the impact of their family member or significant other’s gambling. The screening question to ask here is, "Have you, or has anyone in your family, been impacted by gambling?”
Those who screen positive need to be referred for further assessments and treatment by a specialist gambling help counsellor.
Some people may resist the initial referral and it's important to explain the impact gambling is having on their physical and mental health. If still reluctant, provide them with information about problem gambling and the gambling help services available, then revisit the topic at future appointments.
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If you have a patient in need of support and would like more information, FREE specialist Gambling Counsellors are available at Mission Australia offices in the following areas:
- Wollongong - (02) 4267 6600
- Shellharbour - (02) 4448 2304
- Nowra - (02) 4448 2304
- Ulladulla - (02) 4448 2304
For more information on local services, click here.
Consider checking the Problem Gambling Counselling pathway on Illawarra Shoalhaven HealthPathways for localised information.