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While the groundhog was busy deciding whether or not spring would come sooner or later for us all, we here at the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center kept on with business as usual.
February provided us the opportunity to continue to educate the community about the issue of problem gambling as well as learn about the amazing services across our 15- county region. We kicked off by taking a tour of the Hope and Healing Recovery Community Center in Hudson Falls. Thank you to Amanda West and Katherine Chambers for informing us about the programming and services available to those in recovery and for sharing our PGRC resources with the people who come to the center.
What better place to provide education about problem gambling than at colleges? We were invited to Professor Cailin Brown’s Sports Journalism class at the College of Saint Rose to talk to the students about sports and gambling. The young inquisitive minds had many questions and we had an amazing dialogue about how gambling is infused into our culture. We also had the opportunity to educate the adult faculty and staff at the University at Albany during their Employee Assistance Program’s Meet and Greet Fair. We are so appreciative of the opportunity to raise awareness about the issue of Problem Gambling.
Education doesn’t just happen in a classroom. We also had the opportunity to provide our Problem Gambling 101 educational sessions for the hardworking staff at St. Mary’s Outpatient Addiction Clinic in Amsterdam, as well as the dedicated group of service providers at the Schoharie County Human Services Coordinating Council. We want to say thank you to both groups for being willing to learn more about how gambling can impact the individuals they work with.
March is here and we couldn’t be more excited as March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month! This year we have teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI). To gear up for that, we met with our NAMI Capital Region affiliate contact, Robin Cole to discuss how we can provide information and education to the local chapters about problem gambling. This year’s theme is Awareness Plus Action! Be on the lookout for activities and resources related to that near you! We encourage you to think about how you can be a part of this year’s theme. For more information, please call us at 518-801-1491.
The Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center 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 Northeast PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling within the Northeastern New York region through increasing public awareness and connecting those adversely affected with services that can help them.
The Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center 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 Northeast PGRC is truly the premier organization providing problem gambling services in the Northeastern region of New York State.