Every year, 2M U.S. adults are estimated to meet the criteria for disordered gambling, while another 4-6M individuals are problem gamblers at risk for serious addiction consequences.
May is Mental Health Month. What does that have to do with problem gambling? A lot. Many individuals who are struggling with problems due to gambling are also dealing with other mental health issues. In fact, Gambling Disorder is a diagnosable mental illness. Additionally, family members and friends who are affected by another person’s gambling report that their mental health suffers due to the situation.
The Path to Problem Gambling Flow Chart – http://knowtheodds.org/problem-gamblers-path/
Problem Gambling Resource Centers
Funded by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the New York State Problem Gambling Resource Centers (PGRCs) are programs of the New York Council on Problem Gambling. The goal of the PGRCs is to address problem gambling across New York State by:
- increasing public awareness about problem gambling;
- connecting those adversely affected by gambling with services
that can help them.
Check out this infographic to dig deeper into the stats of problem gambling and mental health.
Resources and information provided by nyproblemgambling.org