Video transcript: Anna Bardsley on recognising harm from gambling and asking for help
[Close up of Anna in front of window overlooking high-rise buildings]
[Close-up of Anna speaking, with caption: Anna Bardsley, Trainer and Community Educator, ReSPIN Gambling Awareness Speakers Bureau]
When I first went to the poker machine venues, I went with a group of women just for fun and it was advertised at that time that it was a good place to go and fun, cheap and cheerful dinner and a flutter. And the first time I went on my own after a huge argument with my husband was the beginning of the end for me, I see that.
I went there to escape and I did until I couldn’t get out of there anymore. I was trapped.
And when you don’t know what to do about it, when something hits you like that ask for help.
And I’ve learnt since to find other things that nurture me and feed me instead of just zoning me out.
[Gambler’s Help logo displays, with phone number 1800 858 858 and website address gamblershelp.com.au]
[ReSPIN Gambling Awareness Speakers Bureau logo displays]