PGAM Goals

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month.  The 2017 PGAM theme is “Have the Conversation” and the goals of this national campaign are:

To increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment & recovery services.

To encourage healthcare providers to screen clients for problem gambling.

PGAM is a grassroots campaign that depends on the participation of NCPG state Affiliate, organizational and individual members; state health agencies; gambling companies; recovery groups and a wide range of healthcare organizations and providers.  2017 is the 13th year for this event. Groups across America hold conferences, air Public Service Announcements, provide counselor trainings, host screening days, insert paycheck stuffers, buy billboards and many other activities to provide thousands of hours of volunteer and community service. Calls to the NCPG National Helpline Network jump by an average of 30% in March, a measurable and meaningful nationwide impact.

Let us know what you are doing this month to help spread the message that compulsive gambling is a real issue that needs to be addressed. Email Sushmita at for any questions or updates on your activities. You can also interact with us on social media, where we will have daily updates about Problem Gambling Awareness Month! We are on Facebook and Twitter (@NCPGambling).

Visit our Calendar for events happening in March and throughout the year!

See a list of PGAM Programs and Activities that are happening across the country!

Problem Gambling Awareness Month is for everyone. The preamble and principles in the NCPG 2015-2020 Strategic Plan highlight the need for PGAM and roles for three core audiences:

General Population: 

Nearly 80 percent of Americans report that they have gambled in the past year.  The vast majority do so for entertainment and do not suffer significant consequences.  But at least six million people will experience serious problems with their gambling. And the impact will be felt by their families, colleagues, and others in society.  However, gambling addiction too often is not seen as a public policy issue, but rather as a personal or individual problem.  New research has not only increased our understanding of this disorder, but has also revealed the extent of the costs of problem gambling to our society.

Problem gambling touches every corner of our society, afflicting inner cities, suburbs, and rural communities. No age, income or ethnic group is exempt.  The vast majority of those dealing with problem gambling are employed. Some of the elderly suffer from addiction as do people in the prime of their lives.  Gambling and problem gambling also occur among the young, often at rates exceeding that of adults.

Healthcare Community (NCPG State Affiliate Chapters, state health agencies, hospitals, treatment centers and all other healthcare providers): 

Gambling addiction is a serious public health issue demanding a comprehensive solution involving not only federal programs but also efforts on the part of states, counties, cities, communities, families, civic groups, the gambling industry, the non-profit sector, professions such as medicine, law, and finance, and other organizations.

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) takes a long-term view of the effect of problem gambling on the nation's public health.  This Strategic Plan focuses on comprehensive prevention, education, treatment, enforcement, research, responsible gaming and recovery efforts as the means to reduce the harm from problem gambling. It is central to our work as the leader in the development of comprehensive policy and programs.  Further, the plan is intended not only to direct the work of the NCPG, but to assist all who work on behalf of those affected by problem gambling. “Problem gambling” means gambling behaviors that result in serious negative consequences to the gambler.  It includes gambling disorders as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) of the American Psychiatric Association but also includes those who suffer negative consequences from their gambling without meeting the DSM-5 clinical criteria.  Our ultimate goal is to improve public health by reducing the personal, social, and economic costs of problem gambling.

Gaming Industry:

Gambling operators, suppliers, and regulators play a critical role in successfully addressing problem gambling, including but not limited to adherence to responsible gambling standards, establishing partnerships with problem gambling organizations, and assisting with the funding of problem gambling-related programs.

Key messages for each group for each week of PGAM are provided below.

Facts & Myths - click here
Social Media 101 - click here
PGAM Infographic - click here
Press Release Template - click here
Problem Gambling FAQ - click here
Find Help & Hope (1-800-522-4700) - click here
Sample Proclamation and Tips - click here 
Template Letter to Addictions Counselors - click here
Grassroots Media Tips for State Affiliates - click here
The Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen - click here
DSM-5 (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders - click here

Week Overview 
Week 1: Gambling Awareness: Introduction to PGAM
Week 2: Screening: Problem Gambling & Co-Occurring Disorders
Week 3: National Advocacy: Fight for Federal Support for State PG Programs
Week 4: Special Populations: Veterans, Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Gaming Employees At Higher Risk 
Week 5: Sports Gambling & March Madness

Press Release Template - click here
Press release content (by audience) - click here 
Official Proclamations - click here
Stories of hope & recovery - click here
Daily Tweets - English | Spanish

Logos: PGAM logo files are available in several formats. You may download the logo and use it on your materials for your own campaign. JPG  |  EPS  |  AI
Advertisements: Customize this poster by adding your own logos, etc., to fit your advertising needs.
Public Service Announcements: Click here to view some of the previous PGAM materials that have been created on the subject of PGAM.
Posters: Download these PGAM posters for use  in your own campaign. Poster 8 x 11  |  Poster 14 x 11
Web Banners: Web Banner 1 | Web Banner 2 | Web Banner 3

Real Stories of Recovery and Awareness

Problem gambling is a condition that affects many of us, either directly or indirectly, including the social and economic costs of gambling addiction. We have compiled some true accounts of individuals and families who are experiencing the effects of gambling addiction. These are everyday people who are finding ways to conquer extraordinary difficulties. Several of them are living examples that help is available, treatment works, and recovery is possible. Read their stories and share with others on social media!

Do you have a story to share, as well? Please, do so! Contact us now and we may feature your story. Remember that your experiences will help others who are tackling the same issues.

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