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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

Awareness + Action.

Many Ohioans are unaware of the potentially devastating effects problem gambling can cause. It is often portrayed as being fun and social – but the truth is, gambling can affect a person’s entire life. It can negatively impact work, school or family relationships. It can affect mental, emotional and physical well-being. Raising awareness of that reality is what Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) is all about.

Led by the National Council on Problem Gambling, PGAM is a grassroots campaign. It depends on the participation of state affiliate members, health agencies, recovery groups and health organizations. Groups across the country hold conferences, air public service announcements and run social media campaigns to spread awareness of problem gambling and the prevention, treatment and recovery services available.

For 2020, the PGAM theme is “Awareness + Action.” Anyone interested in sharing this message can access valuable resources, including:

  • The 2020 PGAM Toolkit Guide
  • PGAM Logos & Graphics
  • The Gambling Disorder Screening Day Toolkit

Find it all at https://www.ncpgambling.org/programs-resources/programs/pgam/. For more information on responsible gambling, visit BeforeYouBet.org.

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Do you or someone you know spend a lot of time gambling, thinking about gambling, or planning to gamble? That could be a warning sign of a problem. Learn more about the common signs of #ProblemGambling and access resources at http://BeforeYouBet.org/tips-education #BeforeYouBet #KnowWhenToQuit

If you or someone you know is struggling with #ProblemGambling, don’t wait to get help. You can access the free, 24/7 helpline today by calling or chatting at 1-800-589-9966 or by texting 4HOPE to 741741. #RecoveryIsPossible #HelpStartsHere

April is #NationalStressAwarenessMonth, and if you’re looking for practical ways to manage stress and focus on self-care, take a few minutes to read this week’s blog post! #BeforeYouBet #MentalHealth https://www.beforeyoubet.org/top-tips-for-reducing-stress-this-spring/