New Reset App Aims to Prevent Gambling Harms

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has just released a new app that is designed to help reduce gambling harm.

The app, called Reset, aims to help people analyze why they gamble before providing them with strategies for monitoring and controlling their gambling behaviors.

Reset was developed with the help of an AU$200,000 investment by the Andrews Labor Government and designed using research carried out by Deakin University. The app incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing technique to help those who are struggling with gambling addiction.

Melissa Horne - Minister Gaming and Liquor Regulation

We understand the importance of minimizing gambling harm and ensuring all Victorians have access to the help they need – this app is another way we’re supporting people at risk of problematic gambling behavior. The Reset app provides a great alternative to traditional counseling methods, removing barriers such as stigma that can prevent people from seeking help.

Melissa HorneMinister Gaming and Liquor Regulation

The new app has undergone testing to see how it can be used as an alternative to, or in combination with, traditional therapies. It allows users to set their own goals and work through its activities at a pace that they are comfortable with. Reset aims to help people learn to cope with urges, avoid unplanned gambling, and deal with relapses.

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation CEO Shane Lucas added, “The Reset app is an important addition to our suite of gambling harm treatment and support options and uses evidence-based best practice to mirror the experience of or interventions used in a counseling setting.”