Problem Gambling Awareness Month

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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM)! During the month of March, and all year long, we aim to raise awareness about problem gambling. The goal of this campaign is to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and promote the availability of help and hope both locally and nationally.

NCPG encourages everyone to Have the Conversation about Problem Gambling. Most adults gamble or know someone who gambles, and therefore could benefit from programs to prevent gambling addiction.  We believe many who suffer in silence do so because they don’t know why they developed a problem, what gambling addiction is or where to get help.  Use the resources on this page to learn the signs of problem gambling and know that help is available.

Ways to Participate in PGAM

PGAM is a grassroots campaign. We have provided a number of resources, free of charge, for you to share in your community. We encourage you to use and adapt these resources to meet the general goals of PGAM. There is no limit on the opportunities; be creative! Share your efforts with us on the Problem Gambling Awareness Month Facebook page and Twitter, #pgam, #problemgambling or by contacting Amy Feinberg at

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NCPG State Affiliates – Have the Conversation with your members, media and lawmakers:

  • Hold conferences or trainings
  • Issue press releases or PSAs
  • Make media appearances
  • Seek state proclamation from governor or state legislature
  • Connect with local healthcare providers and addiction counselors about screening for gambling disorders

Healthcare Providers – Have the Conversation with your patients and colleagues:

  • Add a brief gambling screen into patient assessments
  • The Brief Bioscocial Gambling Screen (BBGS) is a three-item evaluation based on the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling
  • Set up an informational display in your local mental health center or health department or patient waiting area
  • Have a lunch-and-learn with area providers
  • Offer an in-service training for local hospital or medical association

Gambling Operators – Have the Conversation with your staff and patrons:

  • Conduct responsible gaming trainings with staff
  • Provide informational displays

Resources

PGAM Infographic – Updated!

PGAM Resource Guide

PGAM Press Release – February 19, 2015

Grassroots Media Tips for State Affiliates

Template Letter to Addiction Counselors

Sample proclamation and tips

Problem Gambling F.A.Q.

Fact Sheets

Public Service Announcements

DSM-5

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