March 2020 SATUCI Newsletter
Volume 2
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Problem Gambling is known as the Hidden Addiction. Unlike other addictions, problem gamblers do not display physical signs. There are no “card marks” on their arms, no “roulette breath,” no “dice eyes,” and no saturation point. While visible symptoms are minimal, problem gamblers are often depressed, anxious, and may have suicidal thoughts. They often neglect family and friends, run up large amounts of debt, and may be involved in illegal activity in order to fund their addiction. Gambling addiction is a diagnosable and treatable mental health disorder. Follow us on Facebook for 31 days of problem gambling posts!

Sports Betting
Sports Wagering became legal in Iowa in August of 2019.
For many people, betting on the outcome of different sports may seem like harmless entertainment. Watching the occasional game and placing a few dollars on the outcome can be an enjoyable experience. It's when sports betting begins to take on added importance in a person's life that problems can occur. Some individuals experiencing problems with sports betting may accumulate debt, experience the loss of significant relationships, become involved in other illegal activities, and even become addicted.

Loot Boxes in Video Games: A New Level of Gambling
Problem gambling and video gaming might be related to each other because of the similarities between activities. However, loot boxes bring this relationship to an entirely new level. Loot boxes are items that players purchase with real currency for a chance to win in-game rewards. Like slot machines, loot boxes often offer valuable content but do not disclose the chances of winning, and even manipulate their payouts based on player activity.

SATUCI Staff Spotlight
Get to know the SATUCI Staff!
What is your name? Cristina Cervantes
What is your job title at SATUCI? Secretary/Interpreter
How long have you worked at SATUCI? Since 2016
Where's your favorite place in the world? Jogging on an open track on a summer day
What's your favorite movie? The Revenant
Who would you like to swap places with for a day? I would like to swap places with anyone that travels around the world for a living
If you could visit in the world you've never been, where would you go? London
What's your secret talent that no one knows about? Don't believe I have a secret talent
Who, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most? My father that passed away in 2008
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Black because that is my favorite color
What was the best concert you ever attended? Los Huracanes Del Norte
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