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September marks the beginning of a new season: fall. Fall represents a time for transformation. September also brings awareness to two topics that are closely related in the field of problem gambling, suicide and recovery. Each County in our region works tirelessly to bring forth the message for suicide prevention, and to help those struggling with addiction to access treatment and recovery. We appreciate everything that you do.
We would like to thank the Suicide Prevention Center of New York for allowing us to facilitate our training called Problem Gambling and Suicide, at the beginning of the Summer. We know that among all the addictions, problem gambling has the highest rate of suicide. We know that those who have problems with gambling are 1.66 times more likely to have thoughts of suicide and 2.42 times more likely to attempt suicide. Some of the risk factors for those with suicidal ideation are:
- Mental Health Conditions
- Family Culture and Genetics
- Life Events (divorce, death in the family, etc.)
- Access and Exposure
If you or a loved one is struggling with problem gambling but also have thoughts of suicide, help is available. If in crisis and seeking assistance, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. For more information regarding problem gambling, please call the Mid–Hudson Problem Gambling Resource Center at 914-215-6440.
It’s also important to mention September is Recovery Month. On September 22nd, we are participating in a statewide screening day, and hope you will join us to help identity those who may be struggling with problem gambling. For more information, please click here. Audrey Hepburn said, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’.” We support those in recovery, those on their way to recovery and those who need a helping hand.
Lastly, the New York Council on Problem Gambling hosts a monthly online family education group for those with loved ones struggling with problem gambling. This is a group led by a licensed therapist that can answer questions that you may have about your loved one’s gambling addiction. For more information please click here.
The Mid-Hudson Region PGRC is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling, which is funded by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. The Mid-Hudson PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling within the Mid-Hudson New York region through increasing public awareness and connecting those adversely affected with services that can help them.
The Mid-Hudson PGRC is dedicated to the positive transformation of lives harmed by problem gambling. This vision of transformation includes individuals with a gambling problem as well as their families and communities. With a focus on supporting the individual and reducing barriers to care, the Mid-Hudson PGRC is truly the premier organization providing problem gambling services in the Mid-Hudson region of New York State.