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    • OCTOBER 1, 2020
    Children’s Health Month

    Children’s Health Month

    Children are vulnerable to stress and mental health problems from preschool through the high school years. A healthy childhood requires a balance of academics, fun activities, life skills, and other experiences to support healthy growth and development.  Children and families need to be supported through a health and wellness approach including social, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual components.  However, in this current climate of a worldwide pandemic, maintaining a healthy environment of wellness is challenging for all families. During this current health crisis, activities now have to be redesigned and energies redirected. We need to evaluate and maintain a healthy and balanced environment for the whole family, especially for our children. 

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    • SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
    International Recovery Day

    International Recovery Day

    Celebrate recovery and globally connect recovering individuals, families and communities to provide worldwide hope to overcome addiction. The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling supports recovery by providing free resources and support 24/7 at no cost to Maryland individuals and families struggling with gambling problems.

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    • SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
    National Recovery Month

    National Recovery Month

    In September, National Recovery Month helps educate individuals struggling with addiction that living a healthy and reward life is possible.  For individuals and families struggling with problem gambling and gambling addiction, the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling offers resources at no cost to support that recovery journey. 

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    • SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
    National Suicide Awareness Month

    National Suicide Awareness Month

    Did you know?  Nearly 50% of people struggling with problems due to gambling/gambling addiction have had thoughts of suicide.

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    • AUGUST 1, 2020
    No Cost Treatment Now Available for Anyone Wanting Help for a Gambling

    No Cost Treatment Now Available for Anyone Wanting Help for a Gambling

    Counseling for gambling problems at no cost to Maryland residents (individuals and families) is now available for anyone seeking help regardless of insurance coverage, financial status or ability to pay.

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    • MAY 1, 2020

    May is Mental Health Month

    This May, in collaboration with the Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals & Advocates (MAPPA), the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center) invites you to join us in promoting Mental Health Month and bringing attention to how addictive behavior (gambling disorder, substance misuse and other addictions) can affect the well-being and recovery of

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    • AUGUST 26, 2019

    National Suicide Prevention Month – September 2019

    September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  This month is a good time to have the conversation about the relationship between suicide and problem gambling/gambling addiction. Did you know that nearly 50% of people struggling with a gambling problem/ disorder have had thoughts of suicide?    Individuals addicted to gambling have an increased chance of risk-taking

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    • MARCH 19, 2019
    This March, take the “Madness” out of Gambling

    This March, take the “Madness” out of Gambling

    It’s March and basketball “madness” abounds!  The press reports that over 50 million Americans will wager a collective $8.5 billion on 2019 NCAA Basketball “March Madness” brackets, with almost half of those wagers ($4.6 billion) in illegal bets (office and online pools and other “community settings”). For most, completing and “betting” on tournament brackets is

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    • FEBRUARY 19, 2019
    Problem Gambling Awareness Month – March 2019

    Problem Gambling Awareness Month – March 2019

    MARCH 2019 Each March, the Center actively promotes Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign established by the National Council on Problem Gambling to educate the general public and healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help and resources available.

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    • DECEMBER 21, 2018
    A New Year to Reflect, A Time for Support

    A New Year to Reflect, A Time for Support

    Nothing suggests a fresh start than the celebration of each New Year. The New Year is a time for all of us to personally reflect on behaviors we seek to change in order to live a happier, healthier life. For individuals who gamble problematically, the holidays and approaching New Year can be a difficult, stressful

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    • DECEMBER 21, 2018
    This Season, Gift Responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play.

    This Season, Gift Responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play.

    Each holiday season, The Center joins the National Council on Problem Gambling, the Center on Youth Gambling Problems & High-Risk Behaviors and lotteries in the United States (including the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency), Canada and internationally to bring awareness of the risks of giving minors (under 18) lottery tickets as gifts. This holiday,

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    • OCTOBER 18, 2018

    Problem Gambling and Domestic Violence

    October, 2018, has once again been recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month, it is important to be aware that family violence associated with gambling is on the rise in the United States. Although the exact nature of the relationship between problem gambling and violence within the family is not clearly understood, the

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    • SEPTEMBER 24, 2018
    Suicide and Gambling Addiction

    Suicide and Gambling Addiction

    Like all addictions, problem gambling and/or gambling addiction causes intense distress and continual disruptions in most areas of life: Individuals face grave financial problems, their families and relationships are in ruin, self-esteem has been decimated and a sense of helplessness and hopelessness is pervasive.  Suicide, attempted suicide and suicidal ideation is common among those diagnosed with

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    • DECEMBER 19, 2017
    2017 Awareness Holiday Lottery Campaign

    2017 Awareness Holiday Lottery Campaign

    Each holiday season, The Center joins the National Council on Problem Gambling, the Center on Youth Gambling Problems & High-Risk Behaviors and lotteries in the United States (including the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency), Canada and internationally to send an important reminder: Parents, family members and friends should NOT give lottery tickets as gifts

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