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Connecting the men of Canberra around the campfire

Connecting the men of Canberra around the campfire

Gambling is an issue that a lot of young men are seeking help for in the Canberra region. The boredom and isolation caused by two years of COVID lockdowns have only heightened the problem. Research shows that for young men aged 18-34, average spend on gambling increased by more than 50% over the course of the pandemic.

This is why we are so proud to be involved with the recent Menslink Mentor Connect Campfire event, held at Menslink headquarters in Deakin. Our lead peer support worker, Markus Fischer spoke to those who gathered around the campfire and braved the winter cold about how they can support friends and family who are struggling with gambling addiction.

Menslink’s Mentoring Program pairs men who have survived their adolescence with young blokes aged 10-16. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together, and build support and skills in the younger generation.

You can find out more about Menslink’s Mentoring Program here.

If there is anything in this article that has struck a chord with you – or you recognise the warning signs in a friend or family member – you can speak to a support person and access various support services by calling 1800 858 858. This free, confidential and non-judgemental service is available 24/7.