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Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

Celebrating those who served.

As we honor all members of the military past and present – it’s important that we not forget about veterans who may be struggling with problem gambling.

Veterans returning from deployment face many stressors when they return to civilian life. These stressors can put them at a greater risk of developing gambling problems. They may have difficulty adjusting to civilian life – struggling to find their place within their family or community upon returning. They may find themselves unemployed or facing challenges in personal relationships. These stress points, combined with possible Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, could lead them to see gambling as an outlet for entertainment or escape.

The signs of a veteran struggling with problem gambling are no different than anyone else. Things to look for include:

  • Gambling more often or with more money
  • Withdrawing from relationships
  • Lying to friends and family about gambling behavior
  • Borrowing money to relieve financial distress
  • Gambling more to make up for previous gambling losses

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, help is always available.

Problem Gambling Helpline

1-800-589-9966

Crisis Text Line

Text 4hope to 741741

Free. 24/7. Confidential.

For more information on problem gambling in Ohio, visit BeforeYouBet.org.

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Anyone can be at-risk of problem gambling. The number of professional athletes seeking help for gambling addiction has increased since the first coronavirus lockdown. Read more about this recent trend on SkyNews. https://t.co/K1fIYPC1z0

Did you know that children can pile up unauthorized in-app purchases when playing online games? Read the blog to learn about the correlation between online gaming and youth gambling and how to be a part of the solution. https://t.co/itwkxsjRyS #ChangeTheGameOhio #YouthGaming

In honor of MLK Day tomorrow, here are some of his wise words:
“We cannot walk alone.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay #YouAreNotAlone #GamblingHelpOhio