March/April 2020 E-News
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, which provides us with the opportunity to leverage the national spotlight to
increase public awareness of problem gambling, the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery resources, and to encourage healthcare providers to screen clients for problem gambling.
Across the state, CCPG had planned a full schedule of events that included 8 community impact events, 7 problem gambling screening events at colleges, 6 trainings for behavioral health professionals, and 12 industry awareness events at Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, the Connecticut Lottery, and Sportech (OTB).
While we ultimately postponed the majority of these sessions
due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent quarantine
, we were able to hold several
community and industry awareness events before everything came to a sudden and unexpected halt.
Our legislative ice cream social at the Connecticut State Capitol drew over 125 attendees who, in addition to enjoying delicious ice cream and a full toppings bar, learned about problem gambling as a societal issue and resources for help available statewide. Events in Wallingford and Hartford featured moving stories of recovery, student-created awareness PSAs, and problem gambling presentations, which facilitated robust discussions around the issue. We were also able to conduct several days of industry awareness outreach at the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos as well.
We hope to reschedule all postponed events for a later date, stay tuned for further information.
As our world has pivoted to the internet for education, entertainment, and escape, many meetings and resources have moved online for the time being. Scroll down to see a list of upcoming webinars of relevance to the problem gambling community. Feel free to reach out if we can provide any additional support.