Sunday, February 13, 2022 is football’s Big Game, one of the most celebrated sports events of the year. It’s also one of the biggest sports events for placing a bet. According to the American Gaming Association (AGA) over 23 million people in the U.S. will wager over 4 billion on the game.
Many view gifting lottery tickets as harmless fun for any age that adds a touch of excitement in the anticipation of possibly wining money. However, research shows that children who gamble – including the use of lottery scratch off tickets – are four times more likely to become problem gamblers.
Each September, national awareness efforts help disseminate information about the resources available that enable those with mental and substance use disorders, including problem gambling/disordered gambling, to live healthy and rewarding lives. Recovery from gambling addiction is possible and it does not need to be a solo journey.
There is a connection between problem gambling and suicide. Individuals struggling with problem gambling or gambling disorder can feel distress and a sense of helplessness when dealing with the effects of their gambling behavior. They can feel alone. And their distress isn’t obvious.
This May during National Mental Health Month, take a mental health break to recognize an opportunity to share the importance of care in our relationships to other and to ourselves. Sustaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle to achieve “wellness” in our daily lives is important, but it can also be a challenge, especially if dealing with addictive behavior.