Blue ribbon logo symbolizing Problem Gambling Awareness Month

It’s time to talk about problem gambling

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.

Source: National Council on Problem Gambling.