Authors: Judy Chow-Fairhall and David Watkins, VIC
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Comorbidity, CRISIS SERVICES/CRISIS INTERVENTION
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Problem Gambling (Problem Gambling) is essentially a hidden problem. Nonetheless, screening for Problem Gambling is not a standard part of the clinical risk assessment protocol for people with mental health problems meaning an important aspect of peoples’ overall well-being can be missed. This paper will look at some of the reasons behind the current spotlight on gambling in Victoria and identify negative aspects of Problem Gambling that impact upon mental health. It will also briefly describe an observational study design on Problem Gambling and mental health undertaken at The Alfred Hospital and includes a summary of a brief clinical intervention provided to people with gambling problems seen during the course of the study.