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Media Release – Wednesday 31st May

Barrier Breakers Generates Discussion about Gambling Issues and Mental Health

 

Barrier Breakers in Traralgon are inviting community members to join their new Gambling Advocacy Program (GAP) to generate a discussion on gambling issues and mental health. The program is open to anyone who would like to make a positive change to their own lives, the lives of their families and people close to them, or the wider community regarding the effect of gambling on mental health.

 

The program is supported by funding from Latrobe City Trust and Trinity Families.

 

Group sessions will run between July and September 2017 in alternating Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening sessions at the Kath Teychenne Centre in Traralgon. A light lunch will be provided. Interested participants may register on Eventbrite or just turn up on the day. There is no cost to attend.

 

Advocates will guide the sessions and allow participants to share their experiences so that areas of change and gaps in the support system can be identified.  Barrier Breakers can then offer to support or facilitate participants in running initiatives brought forward in the group sessions by providing advocacy on an individual level or a systemic level. The advocates will also provide any information or referral to gambling support organisations.

 

Participants are encouraged to attend multiple sessions to follow up on any ideas and actions identified in previous sessions.

 

No identifying information will be taken from participants during the sessions unless the participants choose to provide it. Barrier Breakers will be a non-judgemental soundboard for all those who attend.

 

What: Gambling Advocacy Program (GAP) – Discussion Group for Advocacy in Gambling Issues and Mental Health

 

Where: Kath Teychenne Centre, 11-13 Breed Street, Traralgon

 

When:

Tuesdays: 12 – 2pm
11th July 2017
25th July 2017
8th August 2017
22nd August 2017
5th September
19th September 2017

* Edit 21/06/2017: Thursday evening program has been cancelled. Sessions will be held on Tuesday afternoons fortnightly.

Cost: Free

 

Contact:  Charity Sims-Jenkins on (03) 5174 4588 or email at advocacy@barrierbreakers.org.au for more information.

Preferred contact day is Wednesdays.

 

Link: www.barrierbreakers.org.au/programs/gambling-advocacy-program

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