March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and the tag-line for this year’s campaign is “Problem Gambling: Have the Conversation”. We believe that you, as an organization, can help promote awareness and increase knowledge by taking part in activities such as the Gambling Disorder Screening Day.
We believe that anyone can “Have the Conversation” about gambling. In many instances, it is necessary to ask the questions, as information about gambling behavior is not often offered voluntarily. It may be issues of guilt or shame, or as we often hear, “I have a money problem, not a gambling problem”. Gambling is often considered an invisible addiction.
We are asking that you and your organization host an event sometime this month or on March 12th using the attached ‘Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS) Questionnaire’ to screen for potential gambling-related problems.
The council will provide any organization willing to participate with the brochures, fact sheets, and flyers that can be given to anyone who screens as positive for problem gambling. In addition, a list of treatment specialists will also be provided.
While we understand that this will take up man-hours for your staff, we believe that this partnership provides a valuable service to the people you serve who many not recognize the warning signs of problem gambling, the severity of this disorder, and more importantly that help, and support are available to them.
Join the Conversation! For more information and to become a participating organization.
24/7 Confidential Helpline – 1-800-GAMBLER®
Or text “800GAMBLER” to (800) 426-2537
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