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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

 

Heritage Behavioral Health Center, in collaboration with the National

Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), recognizes March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). PGAM is dedicated to increasing public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

Problem gambling is defined as all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family, or vocational pursuits. Approximately 2 million U.S. adults (1% of the population) are estimated to meet the criteria for severe problem gambling. Another 4-6 million (2-3%) meet the criteria for mild or moderate problem gambling.

During March, Heritage will emphasize providing counselor trainings, host health screening days, run social media campaigns, and engage in other activities that increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services. For more information check out our website at https://www.heritagenet.org/gambling or our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Heritage-Behavioral-Health-Center-283751148735.

Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a crucial opportunity to engage our community in a dialogue about the impact of gambling-related issues on individuals and their loved ones. This annual observance provides an essential platform for organizations across the country to highlight the availability of support services for those affected.

“Heritage is committed to spreading awareness and providing treatment for problem gambling,” said Mary Garrison, President and CEO of Heritage Behavioral Health Center. “It is often overlooked and access to treatment can be challenging. Heritage is here to help anyone that may need a problem gambling assessment and treatment Please don’t hesitate to reach out.”

For more information about problem gambling and how to increase awareness of problem gambling, go to www.ncpgambling.org/faq and https://illinoisproblemgambling.org/.

Contact: David Gardner, Heritage Behavioral Health Center, Marketing and Community Engagement Director, 217-420-4843, dgardner@heritagenet.org

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-GAMBLER or visit https://www.ncpgambling.org/help- treatment/chat/. Help is available 24/7/365 – it is free and confidential.

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