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by Suhaila - Arabic Welfare on 09 October, 2018

Gambling Harm Awareness Week ran from 8–14 October 2018 under the theme: ‘Talk. Share. Support.’ With partners, including community organisations, local government and gambling providers, it encouraged Victorians to talk about the often hidden issue of gambling harm, to understand it better, and to make it okay for people affected to reach out

One event, run by Gambler’s Help partner Arabic Welfare with Meadow Heights Education Centre in Melbourne’s north-west, offered a health and wellbeing forum and mini workshops to members of the Arabic-speaking community. Focusing on self-care as an important part of preventing and reducing gambling harm, activities included massage, nutrition, mindfulness and dance. Local health promotion and support agencies were also there to chat with people about the services they offer.

Arabic Welfare Executive Manager Amal El-Khoury says settling in a new country can make people particularly vulnerable to gambling harm. Gambling might offer a welcome escape from language difficulties, loneliness and, in many cases, grief and trauma from experiences overseas. Australian culture can be very different, and gambling may even be seen as a way to integrate.

Amal relates a pertinent example in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup. ‘A newly arrived Arabic-speaking refugee told me Australia has a “Saint Horse” because they have a day off to celebrate betting on horses,’ she says. ‘This was his reason for starting gambling.



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