'This is a mental health issue': the devastating impact of problem gambling

An idyllic country lifestyle raising kids on a sheep farm came to an end for Michaela Settle after her former husband’s gambling addiction spiralled out of control.

He eventually sought help to address his addiction to betting on horse racing, “but it was once he’d hit rock bottom and the damage had been done”, she told Guardian Australia.

Settle, now a Victorian state Labor MP, said it took her a long time to understand the link between her husband’s gambling and mental health.

“When it was all exploding and we were discussing it together, I was saying ‘why weren’t you thinking of me and the kids at the ATM?’… He at the time said this is a mental health issue,” Settle said.

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