Governor Christie Proclaims March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Hamilton, NJ - The Council of Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. is pleased to announce that Governor Chris Christie has proclaimed March 2011 as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in NJ. The Governor also noted that National Problem Gambling Awareness Week will be observed throughout the country from March 6 through March 12, 2011. He urged residents of New Jersey to help spread the message that there is help for problem gamblers through treatment as well as support for those who are in recovery and their families. A copy of this proclamation can be found on the Council web site at the following location:
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. (CCGNJ) is an active participant in National Problem Gambling Awareness Week. This is the 9th year of the event, which is a national grassroots effort run by the National Council on Problem Gambling and its 35 State affiliate councils. The goal of the week is to increase awareness about problem gambling among individuals, families, communities and health care professionals. An estimated 350,000 NJ residents are considered to be pathological, problem or at-risk gamblers.
More than 30 public and private agencies have partnered with the CCGNJ this year to offer outreach activities, literature distribution, lectures, and awareness programs throughout the state. Events and programs are scheduled to take place during the entire month of March. Details on planned activities will be released as they become available. A preliminary list can be found on our special Gambling Awareness Month web page:
The CCGNJ encourages all residents of New Jersey and neighboring states to make this the month to learn more about problem gambling. The Council's 1-800-GAMBLER® helpline is free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day.
About The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, Inc.:
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. is a private non-profit organization that provides information, education and referral services for people affected by a gambling problem. The Council's mission is to educate the public to the fact that compulsive gambling is a treatable illness.
The Council's 1-800-GAMBLER® Helpline and website www.800gambler.org have been resources for thousands of people who are compulsive gamblers and recovering from compulsive gambling, as well as their friends and families.
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