Video transcript: It's not just gamblers who need support

[Front and inside footage of Lucy's suburban house in the early morning, in son's room then preparing food in kitchen]

Lucy: James, wake up. My husband has a problem with gambling. I've given up trying to fix it – it's just what our life is now. At times I feel like I'm stuck in a room where all the doors are locked and I can't get out.

[Rosa watering large, leafy suburban garden with fruit trees and chooks in a pen]

Rosa: My son gambles. I sometimes wonder if it's my fault. Did I do something? Or not do something? It's affecting everything. Actually I'm a bit embarrassed that it's got this bad.

[Chloe dressed in uniform, with friends at an outside table in the schoolyard]

Chloe: My Dad gambles a lot. He thinks I don't know about it, but I do. I've known there was something going on for a while now. I look at my friends' parents and it's a whole other world than mine. It's nothing special. It's just… I don't know… normal. I want normal.

[Rosa and friend drinking tea in living room]

Rosa: My other kids don't say anything about it anymore. And it's not the sort of thing I discuss with my friends. Everyone has their own problems. I would like to think that my son could take control himself, but I know it's not that simple. And gambling is everywhere you look, these days.

[Chloe at bus stop]

Chloe: I used to get my hopes up that things would change - that one day we'd all just wake up and things would be better. But I know that that's not going to happen. I thought about talking to Mum, but it's like, if I'm OK, she's OK. But I know she's not, she's not okay.

[Lucy walking from supermarket with groceries, breaking down in car and opening gate to Rosa in garden who embraces her. Chloe walks through gate and joins them on porch]

Lucy: The gambling makes life hard, but it's the loneliness that really gets to me. I don't want to talk to anyone else about it because I don't want anyone to know. I know that he's hurting, and I don't want to have to choose, but the kids need to be my number one priority.

The following displays on screen:

It's not just gamblers who need support. It's those around them.

Gambler's Help logo

1800 858 858

gamblershelp.com.au

Support, Advice, Counselling

Victoria Responsible Gambling Foundation and Victoria State Government logos

Voice over: Authorised by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Melbourne.

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