Addiction

Mission Australia Gamble Aware – Illawarra & Southern NSW Free Counselling Services

Its handy to know that you have a specialist service available if you have a client who presents with a gambling addiction. Problematic gambling often comes wrapped up in a whole range of issues.

A useful screening question is “Have you or anyone close to you ever been impacted by problem gambling?”. The light touch approach seems to work best as there is so much shame and stigma surrounding problem gambling. Shame often acts as a barrier to those seeking help. Our service is highly accessible and there is no cost involved.

From 1 July 2021, GambleAware is the new gambling support and treatment service in NSW. Like Gambling Help, GambleAware will provide support groups and counselling for individuals and their families and much more.

Need to refer a client to GambleAware?

Contact GambleAware Illawarra and Southern NSW on

(02) 4267 6600 or email  GambleAware@missionaustralia.com.au

Later this year, you will be able to refer or book appointments for your clients through the digital platform at gambleaware.nsw.gov.au.

Alternatively, for other regions call GambleAware on 1800 858 858.

GambleAware is funded through the NSW Government’s Office of Responsible Gambling. GambleAware’s purpose is to work towards zero gambling-related harm in NSW through research, education and support for individuals and communities.

If you have a moment please watch this short (1 minute) video.



Addiction

From 1 July 2021, GambleAware is the new gambling support and treatment service in NSW. Like Gambling Help, GambleAware will provide support groups and counselling for individuals and their families and much more.

Need to refer a client to GambleAware?

Contact GambleAware Illawarra and Southern NSW on

(02) 4267 6600 or email  GambleAware@missionaustralia.com.au

Later this year, you will be able to refer or book appointments for your clients through the digital platform at gambleaware.nsw.gov.au.

Alternatively, for other regions call GambleAware on 1800 858 858.

GambleAware is funded through the NSW Government’s Office of Responsible Gambling. GambleAware’s purpose is to work towards zero gambling-related harm in NSW through research, education and support for individuals and communities.

If you have a moment please watch this short (1 minute) video.

Sam 1 Have you felt pressured to gamble? – YouTube


Protecting Mental Health by Tackling Tobacco

Online seminar – Wednesday 21 July

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Health Promotion Service invites local community service organisations to join the fourth online seminar in our Protecting Mental Health mini-series.

Please forward through your networks.

REGISTER HERE: https://tobacco.eventbrite.com.au


Addiction

Charge of My Money

Wesley Mission is pleased to advise that we have funding to deliver Wesley Missions, in Charge of My Money Program to prevent gambling harm by providing early intervention awareness.

We have Wesley In Charge of My Money contextualised to Youth, Domestic Violence Clients, Clients experience Drug & Alcohol Addiction (to The Energy Literacy component) shows clients how to read energy bills, reduce costs, avoid bill shock, and where to get financial assistance and support if they can’t pay their bills. 

Wesley Mission’s in Charge of My Money Program is an interactive Financial Literacy program designed to provide knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to make informed and effective money management decisions. This course is useful in providing information about good money management and encourages participants to take charge of their money, the program will also assist participants in how they think about money by giving them the tools to achieve financial objectivity and to create good money habits for the future.

Facilitators will also discuss debt traps such as payday loans, credit cards, and where people can get safe support. We discuss wrap around services such as Wesley Financial Counseling & Emergency Relief Funding. 

We can hold this on site at any community location within Sydney, Illawarra Central Coast and Newcastle and Hunter .

The session runs in the following session times:

3 x 1 hour over 3 weeks

2 x 1.5 hours over 2 weeks

1 x 3 hours

If your organisation is interested in having Wesley Mission deliver this program, please contact: Tammy Lobb – tammy.lobb@wesleymission.org.au


Illawarra’s CALD Local Drug Action Team

Illawarra’s CALD Local Drug Action Team are hosting a free interactive event, Alcohol and Drugs: One Family’s Story. A panel of experts will discuss the impacts of alcohol and drugs through a cultural lens, what families can do and what support is available for culturally and linguistically diverse families. The event is held without judgement or stigma and everyone is welcome to attend, including community members, organisations and health services. Different experts will talk about:

  • Impacts of alcohol and drugs
  • Thinking about alcohol and drugs through a cultural lens
  • Cultural concerns about getting help
  • How to get help
  • Hear from one panel member who has overcome their challenges with alcohol and drugs

The event will be held on Wednesday 5 May at Wollongong Town Hall from 10.30am to 1.30pm (the event is free and includes lunch). Registrations are through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/146501855995