Few gamblers with problems seek help

The Productivity Commission (PC) Report into Gambling 2010 findings reinforce the Tasmanian Gamblers Help experience: people having problems with their gambling often do not seek professional help until a crisis occurs:

  • financial ruin
  • relationship breakdown
  • court charges
  • attempted suicide, or
  • when they hit 'rock bottom'.

Nearly 70% of clients of the Gamblers Help services in Tasmania reported gambling had been causing problems for two years or more before they sought help.

The main obstacles to help-seeking are

  • feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment
  • denial, and
  • believing they can resolve their problems without professional help.

The PC Report concluded that the help seeking rate is between 8% and 17%.