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October 13, 2016
7:54 am
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I guess one of the main reasons I gamble is firstly one always thinks there will be a big win but secondly I am a lonely 65 year old. Having a mental illness many people don't want to be your friend. Going to the club one can say hullo chat etc and have no ties. I am always thinking there will be a big win. I don't understand why I cannot go cold turkey like I did with smoking. It is still so easy to play in clubs that I have excluded myself from.

January 17, 2017
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Hi Why,
Thanks for your post - it sounds as if you are feeling quite isolated and you've identified this as one factor in your gambling. Sounds like living with a mental illness has made it challenging to meet people and form meaningful friendships? I can imagine you must also be feeling frustrated to be allowed back into clubs where you have excluded yourself from.
I wonder if you have ever considered seeing a gambling counsellor? The reason I mention it is that, with a mental illness it can be even more challenging to manage a gambling problem, for the reason you identified and more. A trained counsellor can help you to come up with solutions to this problem, and perhaps support you to successfully stop gambling, as you previously stopped smoking. If you call us on 1800 858 858 you can speak to a trained counsellor who can refer you to see someone face to face, or else you can choose some support over the phone. Alternatively you can access web chat counselling here:
I hope that this has been helpful - please feel free to reply here to let us know how you are going.
all the best,
Counsellor Sam

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