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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

#HaveTheConversation about problem gambling to raise awareness for this often hidden disease

Problem Gambling InfographicDodge City (Feb 21, 2018)  - For the 14th year, the Southwest Kansas Problem Gambling Task Force in collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling dedicates March to helping people “have the conversation” about problem gambling. Approximately 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for pathological gambling, another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered problem gamblers; yet for many, gambling remains a hidden addiction.

Problem Gambling Awareness Month is designed to help raise awareness of the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling. The grassroots campaign brings together a wide range of stakeholders---public health organizations, advocacy groups and gambling operators---including Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas, the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging, Hope & Healing Counseling, the City of Dodge City, Boot Hill Casino and Resort and others---who work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist. “Across Kansas, groups hold conferences, host screening and training days, run media campaigns, and conduct outreach to people who can make a difference in ensuring that problem gambling services are widely available and accessible,” said Debbie Snapp, Chair of the Southwest Problem Gambling Taskforce.

As March Madness reaches a crescendo with an estimated $10 billion in bets placed on the NCAA basketball championship games, calls to the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700) spike an average of 30% during the month.

To get help for a gambling problem for you or a loved one, call 1-800-522-4700. The call is free and confidential. For more information about problem gambling and how to have the conversation, go to http://www.swks-problemgambling.org.

About Southwest Kansas Problem Gambling Task Force 

Founded in 2008, the mission of the Southwest Kansas Problem Gambling Task Force is to raise awareness and provide education to individuals, families and communities to reduce the harmful effects of problem gambling. 

The Task Force is neither for nor against gambling, but concentrates on efforts to help those affected by problem gambling through public awareness, prevention and education programs and ensuring resources are available to problem gamblers and their families.

About the National Council on Problem Gambling

NCPG is the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gaming.  For more information on the 32nd National Conference on Problem Gambling, visit www.ncpgambling.org/conference.  

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.ncpg.org/chat for confidential help.

 

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