National Problem Gambling Awareness Week

 

“Eventually, I lost everything I had: $300,000 of my savings, all my

valuables and family heirlooms which I pawned and even my marriage. I had

no food in the house yet could not stop playing the machines.”

-Ann K.

 

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is pleased to present the 10th Annual *Problem Gambling Awareness Week *campaign, a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign. It will be held *March 4-10, 2012.

The goal of this campaign is to educate the general public and health care professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help that is available both locally and nationally. The NCPG is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.

Our research finds that about 3% of Iowans have a problem with gambling and about 8% of Iowa teens are at risk for being problem gamblers. When accessibility to gambling increases, so should the education. Here are a few things that you can do this week and in the future to support a healthier Iowa:

 

Talk with friends and family about current events involving gambling and its costs and benefits

Create an environment that is conducive to individuals sharing about their stressors

Place 1-800-BETS OFF or the attached MECCA PGS materials where staff or clients can see them

become knowledgeable about signs and symptoms of problem gambling

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To learn more about MECCA Problem Gambling Services visit www.meccaservices.com/gambling

For more information about problem gambling and the Iowa Gambling Treatment program, visit www.1800betsoff.org

Rachel Johnson, MS, CHES

Gambling Education Coordinator

MECCA Problem Gambling Services

5525 Meredith Drive, Suite C

Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 333-5520

 

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