Prevention Lane http://www.preventionlane.org at Lane County Public Health Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:59:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 ‘App’rehensive: The Blurring Lines of Gaming and Gambling, and Protecting Our Most Vulnerable http://www.preventionlane.org/mass-conference http://www.preventionlane.org/mass-conference#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:46:53 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=10365 Welcome to participants of the  2015 Massachusetts Conference on Gambling Problems! Thank you so much for your time and energy at the conference! View the presentation below. Additional questions? Feel free to touch base with Julie Hynes (Julie.Hynes [at] co.lane.or.us). App-rehensive: The Blurring Lines of Games and Gambling, and Protecting Our Most Vulnerable | Julie Hynes […]

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Welcome to participants of the  2015 Massachusetts Conference on Gambling Problems!

Thank you so much for your time and energy at the conference!

View the presentation below.Click here for print (and click-friendly) PDF slides

Additional questions? Feel free to touch base with Julie Hynes (Julie.Hynes [at] co.lane.or.us).

Related: “Gaming to death: What turns a hobby into a health hazard?” (by Mark Griffiths, published on CNN, 1/21/15)

Related: Making the Connections with Gambling and Other Risky Behaviors (PDF)

This presentation examines the rapidly-shifting world of technology that has outpaced even many experts’ abilities to keep up. From video games to social network gaming, we look into recent trends with regard to online and mobile technology and play, and how the lines has become blurred between traditional “games” and gambling. including the examination of various parallels with gambling and gambling disorders. And we aren’t just stuck in the problem: we will talk about practical and evidence-based tips and tools that aim at protecting, and advocating for, vulnerable populations – with a special focus on youth and those in addictions recovery.

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2015 PGAM Video Contest – FAQs http://www.preventionlane.org/2015-pgam-video-contest-faqs http://www.preventionlane.org/2015-pgam-video-contest-faqs#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:55:12 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=10296 Want to vote on your favorite videos? Click here! Have any questions? Let us know! FAQs Can I just “share” your link on my Facebook and have those votes still count? No. Unfortunately, due to privacy settings, we are unable to count all of the votes from shared posts.  So, we ask voters to actually click “like” […]

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Want to vote on your favorite videos? Click here!
Have any questions? Let us know!

FAQs

Can I just “share” your link on my Facebook and have those votes still count?

No. Unfortunately, due to privacy settings, we are unable to count all of the votes from shared posts.  So, we ask voters to actually click “like” on the video link from the PreventionLane Facebook video link. To make it easier, we have embedded the Facebook videos directly on our www.preventionlane.org/videos page so you can easily send people to that link to vote.

Is there a way to vote on Instagram?

Not this year. We hope to do this next year!

Judging & Prizes:

ALL eligible entries will receive a minimum of $5 in Dutch Bros certificates (for 18+) and $5 in Subway certificates (under 18) for participating.

The top FIVE videos will be selected by a committee & online poll. Voting will take place online here at www.preventionlane.org/videos between April 7 and April 17 at 11:59pm.  Be sure to share the link with your friends so they can vote!

Titles and minor editing are subject to modification following judging.


Other Information About the Contest:

The contest is not open to providers or immediate family members of Oregon Problem Gambling Services, although Problem Gambling Services providers may be consulted in the making of the video. Click here for a list of treatment and prevention providers in Oregon.

Target Audience:

Youth, Young Adults, General Public (any or all – you choose)

Length:

60 seconds or under (think: TV ad/PSA)

Theme:

“Have the Conversation”  (problem gambling affects many people, not just the problem gambler; problem gamblers don’t have to be alone, and they do have support available). This contest is in honor of the second annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

NOTE: ALL entries MUST include the free 24-hour problem gambling helpline 1-877-MY-LIMIT (and/or www.opgr.org) and that help for problem gambling is free, confidential & it works.

Other messages which will be considered in initial judging (choose one or more):

  • The average problem gambler affects 6-12 others
  • There is a direct link between problem gambling and financial and family problems
  • Gambling addiction and other addictions often go hand in hand (or people recover from other addictions and get addicted to gambling)
  • Gambling problems can happen to anyone
  • People who gamble “socially” should set and stick to a limit of  time and money
  • Signs of problem gambling: lying about gambling and betting more than you intended to, etc. (see signs of problem gambling for more info)
  • Gambling addiction is a problem many of us are not aware of (it’s a hidden addiction)
  • People can recover from gambling problems; help for problem gamblers AND their loved ones is available – it is free, confidential, and it works

Copyright:

Same copyright rules as YouTube material (http://www.youtube.com/yt/copyright/faq.html). Participants must secure written consent to use any music that is not original or in the public domain (entries will be disqualified without proper consent).

Enter here!

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Emily Buff Bear, MPH http://www.preventionlane.org/emily-buff-bear http://www.preventionlane.org/emily-buff-bear#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:38:17 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=10276 Community Health Analyst Contact: Emily.bear@co.lane.or.us | 541-682-6480 Emily Bear is a prevention specialist at Lane County focusing on substance abuse prevention. Emily works with team members in planning and  implementing the Lane County alcohol and drug prevention work plan. She enjoys collaborating with advisory groups and with community partners on issues at the local and state […]

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Community Health Analyst

Contact: Emily.bear@co.lane.or.us | 541-682-6480

Emily Bear is a prevention specialist at Lane County focusing on substance abuse prevention. Emily works with team members in planning and  implementing the Lane County alcohol and drug prevention work plan. She enjoys collaborating with advisory groups and with community partners on issues at the local and state level.

Emily graduated from Portland State University with a Master’s in Public Health Management and Policy with an emphasis in community health and health promotion. Before joining the Prevention Program she taught Health Education at Portland Community College and worked as a  research assistant at Portland State University.

She was born and raised in Lane County and loves participating in all the outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer including coffee, camping, hiking, and biking. However her one true love is powerlifting. Emily currently lives in Eugene with her two dogs and her terrarium collection.

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Means Restriction/Firearm Safety http://www.preventionlane.org/means-restriction-firearm-safety http://www.preventionlane.org/means-restriction-firearm-safety#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:21:53 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=10093 Restricting access to lethal/harmful means of self-harm is an important strategy for preventing suicide and injury. If you’re concerned about a friend or loved one, here are some initial steps you can take to keep them safe: Call one of these crisis lines to get advice and support: 911: Imminent danger to self or others […]

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Restricting access to lethal/harmful means of self-harm is an important strategy for preventing suicide and injury. If you’re concerned about a friend or loved one, here are some initial steps you can take to keep them safe:

Call one of these crisis lines to get advice and support:

  • 911: Imminent danger to self or others
  • Mental Health Crisis Response Program: 1-888-989-9990 (for parents of children through age 17)
  • Whitebird: 541-687-4000; 1-800-422-7558 (24-hour local crisis line)
  • Looking Glass Youth & Family Crisis Line: 541-689-3111
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1- 800-273-8255 (press 1 for Veterans Crisis Line)
  • Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 (for LGBTQ youth)

Reduce their access to dangerous items/substances*, such as:

  • Firearms (the most lethal and still the leading cause of death by suicide)
  • Medications
  • Alcohol & other drugs

*This means either removing (preferred) or securely storing/locking any items that might be used for self-harm

Check out the resources listed below for more information:

Links

Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation | http://coef.ceasefireoregon.org/

This foundation works to “reduce gun violence by educating the public and providing opportunities to dispose of unwanted firearms.”  Includes information about the ASK (Asking Saves Kids) campaign.

Eddie Eagle GunSafe© Program | http://eddieeagle.nra.org/

This is a pre-K through 3rd grade program from the National Rifle Association that teaches children what to do if they find a gun.  Information for parents is also included.

Gun Shop Project | http://tinyurl.com/m7qdbmh

This outlines the Gun Shop Project, created by the Firearm Safety Coalition in New Hampshire.  It includes guidelines and resources to support suicide prevention efforts for gun shops and firing ranges. Resources include a public education piece on gun safety rules, posters and tip sheets.

Kids Health | http://kidshealth.org  (to find the specific pages, type “guns” in the “search here” box)

Includes information on Gun Safety for both kids and parents.

Means Matter | www.meansmatter.org

This site, from the Harvard School of Public Health, includes basic information about means reduction, taking action, lethal means counseling, and helpful links.

Project ChildSafe | www.projectchildsafe.org

This is a national program that “promotes safe firearm handling and storage policies among all firearm owners…”  You can download a brochure (in English or Spanish) that details safe handling and storage guidelines, access an infographic on various gun storage options, or take a quiz to test your firearm safety knowledge.

Training

Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)

This is a free online course provided by the Suicide Prevention Research Center (SPRC), designed for mental health and healthcare providers.  It provides an overview of the importance of means restriction and demonstrates how to ask clients who are at risk about their access to lethal means and how to help them reduce their access.   The course can be completed at your own pace and takes a total of about  two hours. Continuing education credits provided.  http://training.sprc.org/

 Gun Dealers Training

This is a free 30-minute training video from the QPR Institute for gun dealers, gun owners and gun range staff—pointing out what they can do to prevent suicide.  http://www.qprinstitute.com/video4.html

Additional  Resources/Information on Preventionlane

Medications

For information on prescription drugs and safe disposal of medications, go to: http://www.preventionlane.org/prescription-drugs

 Teen-Proof Your Home

This section covers helpful tips for parents/guardians of ‘tweens and teens on how to keep your home safe. Includes resources and ideas about alcohol, gambling, prescription drugs,  and internet safety.  http://www.preventionlane.org/teen-proof

 Suicide Prevention

More information about suicide prevention, including research, tips, and resources, is available at   http://www.preventionlane.org/prevention-topics/suicide-prevention

Get Involved

firearm safety letterhead

Want to participate in Lane County firearm safety efforts? Then join the Lane County Firearm Safety Initiative. For more information contact Sandy Moses at Sandy.Moses@co.lane.or.us.

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Suicide Prevention App for Providers http://www.preventionlane.org/suicide-prevention http://www.preventionlane.org/suicide-prevention#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:53:38 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=10205 SuicideSafe–a new FREE app for behavioral health and primary care providers to help in applying suicide prevention strategies into their practices. http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/suicidesafe/index.html  

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SuicideSafe–a new FREE app for behavioral health and primary care providers to help in applying suicide prevention strategies into their practices.

http://store.samhsa.gov/apps/suicidesafe/index.html

SuicideSafe

 

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Respect the Neighborood http://www.preventionlane.org/respect_the_neighborhood http://www.preventionlane.org/respect_the_neighborhood#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:46:38 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=10192 Respect Yourself, Respect the Neighborhood: Preventing Sales to Intoxicated Customers and Lowering Intoxication Levels Tips For Bar & Restaurant Establishments Remind servers about he importance of not selling to someone who has had too much to drink and has visible signs of intoxication. Find ways to reward staff for refusing sales to intoxicated customers. Keep customers […]

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Respect Yourself, Respect the Neighborhood:
Preventing Sales to Intoxicated Customers and Lowering Intoxication Levels

Tips For Bar & Restaurant Establishments

  • Remind servers about he importance of not selling to someone who has had too much to drink and has visible signs of intoxication. Find ways to reward staff for refusing sales to intoxicated customers.
  • Keep customers hydrated by having self-serve water stations throughout your establishment. This allows customers to get water when they need it and avoid the dehydrating effects of alcohol.
  • Serve only measured drinks, no free-pouring. Consider offering drink size alternatives, like half-pint pours.
  • Consider limiting promotions on drinks such as happy hour specials or other price discounts, particularly on drinks that appeal to young people.
  • Encourage your customers to eat food sold at your establishment by promoting it through clearly visible signage. Food slows alcohol absorption in the body. Consider offering discounts on food or non-alcohol beverages to Designated Drivers!
  • Offer alternative transportation to intoxicated customers. Promote bus routes  and taxi numbers through visible signage.
  • If a customer orders a drink and doesn’t appear to be over the age of 30, ask for ID.
  • Require all staff at the end of their shifts to notify arriving staff about the intoxicaton status of their customers.
  • Consider not announcing last call for drinks. This prevents excessive drinking in a short amount of time.
  • Offer regular Alcohol Awareness Training to employees to discuss rules and ways to prevent and handle problem situations.

Get the Flyer Here!Alcohol Tips for Retailers

 

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2015 Problem Gambling Awareness Month Video Contest http://www.preventionlane.org/videos http://www.preventionlane.org/videos#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2015 20:52:53 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=4080 Official results are in! Congratulations and THANKS to all who entered and voted in the 2015 PGAM Young Adult Video Contest! Videos like this show the power of what young people can do, and the messages that they can share– 4 of the top 5 videos were entered by Oregonians under 18! In the 10 days […]

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Official results are in!
Official Results of the 2015 Oregon PGAM Young Adult Video Contest.

2015 Oregon PGAM Young Adult Video Contest Official Results (click to enlarge).

Congratulations and THANKS to all who entered and voted in the 2015 PGAM Young Adult Video Contest!
Videos like this show the power of what young people can do, and the messages that they can share– 4 of the top 5 videos were entered by Oregonians under 18! In the 10 days of voting, we had over 4,300 video views and 564 official votes. Each of the top three videos you chose were quite different from one another, and yet each had powerful messages of what a problem looks like, followed by messages of hope and help.

So…

Here are the three top entries, as voted by YOU!

First Place:
Elijah Hayes (Grants Pass, OR)

Elijah, 14 years old, had 181 total votes. His video covers many key signs of of problem gambling, and a lot of issues and consequences that people face due to the problem, and how to get help. Congratulations to Elijah for his simple, yet powerful message! Elijah has chosen to receive the $200 Amazon gift card.

Here’s Elijah’s top voted video:


Second Place:

Jeremiah Justice (Canby, OR)

Jeremiah, 15 years old, created a dynamic animated video, which shows a number of signs of problem gambling and encourages people to talk about the issue and to seek help. Congratulations to Jeremiah for this award-winning video!


Third Place:

Gunnar Lassen (Crow, OR)

Created by: Gunnar L., Tanner W., Rylan L., Leah P., Emily D., Fernanda T., Darcy A., Vanessa O., Audrey M., Thomas M., Yeshua W., & Sarah S. Advisor: Heather Hohnstein, Crow High School.

Gunnar and his fellow Crow High School students created this as part of a drama project and were helped with their advisor, teacher Ms. Heather Hohnstein. The video features the main subject being confronted by consequences of his gambling problem, including eviction, losing his job and his friendships. Ultimately, one of his friends gives him a card and tells him that help is available.


Other top 5 entries were:

Lianna Spangler

Created by: Lianna S., Yeshua W., Vanessa O., Darcey A.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad6P4n2ciLg. Advisor: Heather H., Crow High School

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad6P4n2ciLg

Karina Velazco

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_cBU74XXto

Prizes this year are:

  • 1st Place: GoPro camera (or $200 gift card)
  • 2nd Place: Kindle (or $150 gift card)
  • 3rd Place: JawBone Wristband (or $100 gift card)
  • ALL eligible entries: $5 Dutch Bros (18+) / $5 Subway (under 18)

Voting took place over Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. While the contest is over, you can still like, upvote and tweet your favorites!

The top 3 entries were selected based upon number of total votes.

The top 3 prizes are:

  • 1st Place: GoPro camera (or $200 gift card; winner chooses)
  • 2nd Place: Kindle (or $150 gift card; winner chooses)
  • 3rd Place: JawBone Wristband (or $100 gift card; winner chooses)

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2015 Problem Gambling Awareness Month http://www.preventionlane.org/pgam http://www.preventionlane.org/pgam#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:06:31 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/opgaw-2/ 2015 marked the second-annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The National theme this year was “Have the conversation.” Click here for middle school art search information Click here for youth/young adult video contest information Register for the May 15 Disordered Gambling training The U.S. highlighted the issue of gambling disorders with it second-annual Problem Gambling Awareness Month throughout […]

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2015 marked the second-annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

The National theme this year was “Have the conversation.”

Click here for middle school art search information
Click here for youth/young adult video contest information

Register for the May 15 Disordered Gambling training

The U.S. highlighted the issue of gambling disorders with it second-annual Problem Gambling Awareness Month throughout March 2015.

An estimated 81,000 Oregon adults has a gambling problem — that’s about 9,600 adults here in Lane County, or one in every 37 adults. Recently, the American Psychiatric Association released its latest diagnostic manual (DSM-5), putting “gambling disorder” in its own category of a behavioral addiction, very similar to alcohol and drug addiction.

“Clues about a gambling problem are often hidden, sometimes even behind other addictions and mental health issues,” said Julie Hynes, Lane County problem gambling prevention coordinator.

Sometimes, clues can be a little more obvious, especially this time of year, during March Madness.  Hynes says the wagers made in Nevada on the NCAA basketball tournament will likely reach a record $119 million. It is important to note, that figure is only counting the legal wagers in that state (it’s currently not legal to bet on sports outside Nevada and New Jersey).  Those who play tournament brackets typically do it for fun – but some take brackets too far, spending more than they can afford.

"Gambling in America" infographic - click to enlarge

“Gambling in America” infographic – click to enlarge

Local efforts to help highlight awareness included 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,” said Hynes. “Too often this addiction goes hidden and unrecognized. People need to know that gambling disorders are preventable and treatable.”

About 200 gamblers and families were treated through the Emergence Gambling Treatment Program last year in Lane County. 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.


Links:

Local efforts:

Other Contacts:

  • Michele Tantriella-Modell, Emergence Gambling Program Director: 541.741.7107
  • Ronda Hatefi, Lane County Problem Gambling Advisory Committee Chair: 541.688.7101

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Related: What is problem gambling? | Youth gambling in Oregon

Key messages:

  • 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

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QPR for Suicide Prevention http://www.preventionlane.org/suicide-qpr-2 http://www.preventionlane.org/suicide-qpr-2#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:10:24 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=10167 QPR for Suicide Prevention training, May 5, 2015, 5-7pm.  Learn the facts, warning signs and how to respond.  FREE, however, registration is required and space is limited.  For more information and to register, click here

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