Posts Tagged: #PGAM2021

The Goals of Women’s History Month and Problem Gambling Awareness Month Go Beyond March

Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) and Women’s History Month both happen in March, but that doesn’t mean the importance of these recognitions end there. It is always in our best interests to honor the contributions of women to history, culture, and society and likewise, to identify and raise awareness about the impacts that gambling addiction has upon individuals and families. In educating those affected about the services and supports available for problem gambling, such as treatment referrals, self-exclusion resources, financial and legal supports, literature, and others, we have to first understand how problem gambling affects people in different ways. For instance, prior-year 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine data shows that female problem gamblers…read more

The Connection Between March Madness and Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) coincides with March Madness, the popular NCAA basketball single-elimination tournament, and this is not by accident. Collectively, the games in the tournament will attract more in wagers than even the NFL’s Big Game. Following 2020, when March Madness was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sports bettors are eager to return to the action they’re used to this time of year. Unfortunately, this too means that those suffering from and at risk for problem gambling will also be drawn in and make bets they cannot afford, and the impacts go far beyond financial problems. It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the world…read more

Why Our Theme for Problem Gambling Awareness Month is “Shine the Light on Problem Gambling: Changing the Game”

On the one-year anniversary since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S, we can reflect on how this new way of life has affected the issue of problem gambling. The one thing that has remained constant throughout this period has been our commitment to serving Florida by providing hope and help for those affected by gambling addiction through the 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine. Our HelpLine has remained open 24/7, providing support to thousands of contacts who are being affected by problem gambling, including gamblers, their loved ones, and others. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and our theme this year is a reflection of the challenges and opportunities created by the pandemic —…read more