This March, take the “Madness” out of Gambling
It’s March and basketball “madness” abounds! It’s known that more and more states are discussing and passing sports legislation. The American Gambling Association AGA, estimated that over 50 million Americans will bet over 10 billion combined on March Madness 2022 – with an increasingly larger share going towards legal US online sports books and casinos.
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Each March, the Center actively promotes Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign established by the National Council on Problem Gambling to educate the general public and healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help and resources available.
If you bet – PLAY IT SAFE!
Sunday, February 12th, 2023, is football’s Biggest Game, one of the most celebrated sporting events of the year. Along with the big game, the divisional and conference playoffs are among the most popular sporting events for placing bets. Given the roll out of legalized mobile sports betting, it is expected that wagers on the Big Game this year will once again surpass records set from the previous year, with as many as 45 million additional Americans placing legal wagers from their mobile devices. The American Gaming Association (AGA) estimates that a record 31.4 million people in the US could wager as much as $7.61 billion dollars on this year’s Big Game. This number would be a 35 percent increase from last year.
Gift Responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play
Many view gifting lottery tickets as harmless fun for any age that adds a touch of excitement in the anticipation of possibly wining money. However, research shows that children who gamble – including the use of lottery scratch off tickets – are four times more likely to become problem gamblers.
Problem Gambling and Domestic Violence
For most, gambling can be a fun, recreational activity. But for some, gambling can get out of control; it can become problematic and addictive. It can become harmful.
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The relationship between gambling and suicide is now more apparent than ever. Gamblers who report high-risk gambling behaviors are at increased risk of suicide. They can feel alone and their distress isn’t obvious. Suicidal ideation may be viewed as a way of escaping life in turmoil or a perceived world that is destroyed.
September is National Recovery Month
Each September, we focus our awareness efforts toward helping to disseminate information about the resources available that enable those with a substance use problem or other addictive behaviors including problem gambling and disordered gambling, to live healthy and rewarding lives. Recovery from addiction is possible and it does not need to be a solo journey. Please join us in celebrating national recovery months it’s for everyone. Let us help you start your journey on the road to problem gambling recovery.
July Is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Also known as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month. This July, the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center) invites you to join us in promoting health equity issues of minorities with problem gambling prevention. Maryland data shows minority populations are at a greater risk of problem gambling behaviors. Help us raise awareness of this health disparity and work to create equity in awareness, education, prevention, treatment, and recovery for all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with a gambling problem or a disorder.
May is Mental Health Month
This May, in collaboration with the Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals & Advocates (MAPPA), the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center) invites you to join us in promoting Mental Health Month. With mental health entering more and more of our daily conversations, it’s critical that everyone has a solid foundation of knowledge about mental health. That’s why for Mental Health Month this year we are going Back to Basics.
Live a Less-Stressed Life
Start today and acknowledge that stress happens. By implementing self-care tools, you and your family can minimize stress and enjoy a healthier, happier life.
Child Neglect and Problem Gambling
Families, in any formation, are the core of our communities. It is through awareness, collaboration and support that we keep families and the communities they live in strong, healthy and vibrant. Problematic and addictive behavior in adults can threaten the very foundation of a healthy and safe environment – and often, children are the easiest target for release of anger and frustration.
Alcohol and Gambling Addiction – Not a Good Mix!
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a national public health awareness campaign developed to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and treatment of alcoholism. Established in 1987, alcohol awareness month allows communities to focus on spreading awareness and reducing the stigma associated with alcohol addiction. Adding problematic gambling behavior into the mix of frequent alcohol consumption increases the risk of harm and addiction.