Super Mario™ Slot Machine Toy is Inappropriate in McDonald’s® Happy Meals®

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) joins the National Council on Problem Gambling by calling upon Nintendo® of America and McDonald’s® to stop marketing their Slot Machine Super Mario™ toy to children in McDonald’s® Happy Meals®. Today, Jennifer Kruse, Executive Director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG), joined the National Council on…read more

The Kids are Back in School. Here’s How They May Be Exposed to Gambling.

There is no question about it – kids love summer break! While your little ones aren’t always excited about the beginning of the new school year, it may bring peace to your daily schedule. For you and your children, “Back to School” is an annual tradition of transition. Whether it’s moving up a grade or…read more

If You Gamble, Play It Safe.

Have you gambled in the last twelve months? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. In fact, the majority of Floridians gambled within the last year—and that’s okay, as long as you do so responsibly! Gambling is a legal activity in state of Florida for adults 18 years and older. In addition to operating the…read more

Suffering in Silence: Suicide and Problem Gambling

With high profile deaths such as Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, the issue of suicide and the stigma surrounding mental health have remained the center of many conversations throughout the United States and abroad. A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that from 1999-2016, suicide rates have steadily increased…read more

World Cup Betting Pools are Not Safe for Everyone

You have probably heard a lot about this year’s World Cup – officially the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – since it started about a month ago. Men’s soccer teams representing 32 different countries qualified for the tournament over a three-year period from a total spread of 211 teams. Will you watch the final this…read more

HAGS With These Summer Safety Tips

The yearbooks have been signed, school’s out, and kids all across the state are as excited as ever to dive head first into summer vacation. As internet access and video games are just a quick reach away, it is important to establish responsible gaming practices at a young age. According to data collected from our…read more

Why We Must Discuss Gambling Disorder for Men’s Health Month

Did you wear blue yesterday? In 1994, President Clinton proclaimed “Blue Monday” as the kickoff event for Men’s Health Week. Each year since, the nation observes Men’s Health Week from Blue Monday to Father’s Day to bring focus on the health issues affecting men. In tandem, the entire month of June has been dubbed Men’s…read more

Support #StigmaFree for Mental Health Awareness Month

Millions of Americans experience life through the lens of mental illness, and millions more – their family members, friends, and other personal connections – are affected. Living with mental illness is hard enough. Stigma makes it even harder by shaming those who need treatment into fear and silence. Did you know that one in five…read more

National Pet Week®: Benefits of Pet Ownership

Whether you are a pet owner or not, it’s tough to deny the joy that companion animals bring to their owners. In fact, the majority of pet owners consider their animals part of the family, many even purchase birthday or holiday gifts for them. While the average house pet decidedly lives a fairly luxurious life,…read more

Problem Gambling and Minority Mental Health Month

Problem Gambling and Minority Mental Health Month The U.S Department of Health and Human Services is raising awareness of Minority Mental Health Month to end racial health disparities throughout the month of April. The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) joins the conversation through a look at how minority populations are affected by problem gambling…read more

Simple Tips To Help Celebrate Men’s Health Month

Simple Tips To Help Celebrate Men’s Health Month June 27, 2017 Our calendar is riddled with special interest events that overlap with what we are trying to accomplish as an organization. While we specialize in all areas surrounding the public health concern of problem gambling, we realize that a holistic prevention approach is useful and…read more

Peer Connect

Peer Connect June 22, 2017 Addiction affects more than just a single person. In fact, experts say that addiction directly affects 8-10 people. Often as the addiction begins to take more of a hold on the addict, their functioning begins to become impaired. Strained relationships. Poor job performance. Distressed finances. Gambling addiction is like a…read more

Is There a Cure for Gambling Addiction?

Is There a Cure for Gambling Addiction? May 26, 2017 In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, let us take a quick dive into addiction vs physical ailments. There is a great misunderstanding in American culture surrounding mental health. Flu season runs from October to May.  Each year, millions of people contract the flu. This…read more

Stages of Change

Stages of Change May 19, 2017 When it comes to addiction, making a change can be hard. However, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gamblings’ 888-ADMIT-IT Helpline is here for problem gamblers and their loved ones who are looking to make a change in their lives.  The decision to reach out and request help is just…read more

Comorbidity and Problem Gambling

Comorbidity and Problem Gambling April 28, 2017 Problem gambling is a diagnosable and treatable disorder that appears in the DSM-5, which is a publication that mental health clinicians use for identifying presenting mental health issues. People that are diagnosed as having a gambling disorder often do not just suffer from a gambling addiction. According to…read more

The Truth About Betty White Video

The Truth About Betty White Video April 26, 2017 Last year, the FCCG produced a long form interview with Betty White, who survived a brutal attack that almost took her life. And while we are not a non-profit committed to the epidemic of domestic violence, we took to the story because the assailant was Betty’s…read more

Can you Guess the Addiction

Can you Guess the Addiction March 31, 2017 Each year, during the month of March, organizations from around the country combine their efforts to raise awareness concerning problem gambling. During this time of year, Americans see just how much gambling is ingrained in our culture. Combine the Superbowl with March Madness, and the first quarter…read more

The Casino in Your Pocket

The Casino in Your Pocket March 14, 2017 Across the addiction arena, the goal of most recovery programs is abstinence. (We obviously understand certain addictions are excluded from the abstinence goal, such as food addictions.) Take, for example, Russell Brand. The English actor had quite a long history with substance abuse. Due to his outlandish…read more

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month February 28, 2017 Each year, the addiction community takes the month of March to recognize the impact that problem gambling has on the general public. Non-profits, just like us, around the country engage in a collective mass effort with the goal being spreading awareness about problem gambling. While just…read more

TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE GAME

TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE GAME February 20, 2017 Taco Bell was one of the first companies that let people order on an app. What they found is shaping the mobile consumer experience. Bloomberg Business Week reported, when Taco Bell introduced a food-ordering app last year, the chain figured it could speed up service for customers and…read more