Every March, individuals and organizations take the opportunity to have the conversation about problem gambling and about treatment. In 2020, the theme of Problem Gambling Awareness Month is Awareness + Action. You might see the hashtags on social media: #AwarenessPlusAction and #PGAM.
According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, most adults gamble. Between 6 and 9 million people meet criteria for gambling problems, yet only a fraction seek help.
It is thought that might be because many don’t know they have developed a problem, what gambling misuse is, or where to get help.
Problem gambling awareness is important to Wabanaki Public Health because it is a public health issue affecting all aspects of physical, social, and mental health. It’s impact can be seen on one’s family, work performance, and general well-being.
Know that treatment is available, and it does work.
For help having the conversation about problem gambling or to spot the signs of a gambling problem, see the Problem Gambling Awareness Month Resource Guide on the National Council on Problem Gambling website. Resources are also available in your community.