Wednesday, April 12, 2017
March was a busy month for the WCPG. March was Problem
Gambling Awareness Month. During March, we tried to raise awareness
in a variety of ways. We sent posters, bookmarks and letters to all
of the libraries in the state of Wisconsin. This was a good way to
bring awareness about gambling disorders to a variety of
people. Many libraries requested additional bookmarks which
was our hope. We also sent out press releases about
PGAM. Additionally, we tried to increase awareness of
gambling disorders through Facebook, twitter, and linked in.
As March comes to a close and PGAM finishes it is important for us
to remember that gambling disorders can be a problem every day of
the year. So please remember to be aware that someone you know or
work with may have a gambling problem and may be dealing with the
serious consequences of that disorder daily. WCPG provides
education, awareness and resources, 365 days a year.
Our 18th Annual Problem Gambling Awareness Conference
was held on March 23-24, 2017 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart
Lake. There were 120 participants at this year's conference.
Some of the topics covered were Internet Gambling and Fantasy
Sports, Generational Differences, Motivational Interviewing,
Ethics, Groups for Problem Gamblers, Process Addictions and many
more. Next year's 19th annual conference will be held on
March 15-16, 2018 at the Milwaukee Marriot West. Mark your
calendars to join us.
During the month of March, we presented to several High Schools
in Wisconsin. The school programming provides education about
gambling disorders. We talk about the risks involved in
gambling and the warning signs. As we know, many teens use gambling
as the "gateway" activity, thus leading to more risky behavior.
Social gambling can quickly move to problem gambling. A gambling
disorder is just as serious as a drug addiction. Our hope is that
by reaching out to adolescents, we can prevent some of the negative
statistics associated with gambling disorders.
The 24-hour Helpline continues to receive an average of 1200
calls a month. In addition, the number of contacts through our chat
line is available on our website at wi-problemgamblers.org
continues to increase. We recently implemented our text line.
People can text for help at 920-888-HELP (4357).