This report documents a virtual policy roundtable held with representation from the gambling industry, government, financial counsellors and therapeutic gambling counsellors, the gambling and mental health helplines, regulators, coroners, banks, peak bodies, people with lived experience, and others touched by gambling. The purpose of the roundtable was to consider what each sector could do, and what could be done collectively, to reduce gambling-related suicide.
This survey of financial counsellors highlights the growing harm caused by gambling and the urgent need for additional workforce training. Financial counsellors are reporting that the rapid growth of gambling has resulted in increasing numbers of people affected by gambling harm, experiencing multifaceted problems. Helping these clients is more complex than working with clients not affected by gambling.