March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month — take time to “have the conversation.”
More information on 2017 Problem Gambling Awareness Month coming soon! (Tag #PGAM in all of your social media posts.)
2016 Problem Gambling Awareness Month:
NEW radio PSA on fantasy sports/sports betting!
This PSA aired on Eugene-area radio stations from the last week of March through the last week of April 2016. It will air over 500 times. Special thanks to Willamette High School students, Alyssa Bergman and Kaela Ambron, for their wonderful voice talent in recording this spot!
Check out our infographic, and feel free to share.
Below you’ll find an infographic on problem gambling issues in 2016. Feel free to share! Just right-click the image to “save as…”, or download a print-friendly (8-1/2″ x 11″) version to print and share!
About Problem Gambling Awareness Month
The U.S. highlights the issue of gambling disorders with National Problem Gambling Awareness Month throughout the month of March.
A new Oregon study estimates that over 83,000 Oregon adults (2.6%) have a gambling problem–that’s about one in every 37 adults (Moore, 2016).
Local efforts to help highlight awareness include a young adult video contest and middle school art search, sponsored by the Lane County Problem Gambling Advisory Committee. Both events include prizes for ALL eligible participants – proving that no gambling is involved.
We want people to know that help is still free and available for problem gamblers and their loved ones. Too often this addiction goes hidden and unrecognized. We want people to “have the conversation” about problem gambling, and know that gambling disorders are preventable and treatable.
Anyone concerned about their own gambling behavior, or that of a loved one, can get help by calling the statewide gambling help line, 1-877-MY-LIMIT (877-695-4648), or chat online at www.opgr.org.
- NEW radio PSAs on online sports betting/fantasy sports –
- New infographic
- Our new fact sheet for parents on fantasy sports (Thanks to our outstanding UO intern, Megan Prehm, for the work on this document)
- Middle school poster contest (art search) – DUE March 30!
- Video contest – DUE April 8!
- Middle school presentations
- Facebook | Twitter | Instagram social media awareness messages
- Supporting efforts nationwide
- Lane County Problem Gambling Prevention: www.preventionlane.org/gambling
- National Problem Gambling Awareness Month website: www.npgam.org/
- Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website
- Emergence Gambling Treatment Program (Lane County)
- DSM-5, American Psychiatric Association, Reference on Gambling Disorders
- Please use #HavetheConvo and #PGAM when posting or tweeting about Awareness Month!
- Julie Hynes, PreventionLane at Lane County Public Health: 541.682.3928, @HynesUO
- Michele Tantriella-Modell, Emergence Gambling Program Director: 541.741.7107
- Ronda Hatefi, Lane County Problem Gambling Advisory Committee Chair: 541.688.7101
- Problem gambling is a serious public health issue for Oregon.
- Oregon’s investment in addressing problem gambling reduces harm and helps the economy.
- Treatment in Oregon is free, confidential, and it works. Help is available by calling the 24-hour helpline, 1-877-MY-LIMIT or online at www.opgr.org