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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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With remote learning and more time at home, many kids are in front of screens for both school and play. It’s important to balance their screen time and monitor gaming. These pointers can help: https://t.co/M5hFZkdkqr #ChangeTheGameOhio

Gambling problems can affect anyone. Help is available 24/7 for everyone. Find support and services at https://t.co/gh9uTN3Tqw #ResponsibleGambling #RecoveryIsPossible

It’s time for another Mental Health Moment with Prevention Specialist Jeanine Lindquist of the Zepf Center in Toledo. Watch her recent video on helping each other through tough times and browse the entire series: https://t.co/YgPQ0zLbqN #WellnessWednesday