While less than 3% of the general population experience risky gambling or disordered gambling behaviors, only 3% with risky gambling behaviors ever seek mental health treatment for gambling and/or other co-occurring mental health concerns. What are we doing to support the 97% who never seek treatment? Are our prevention efforts reaching the 97%, which includes a new research trend to focus on emphasizing the self-management of risky gambling behaviors (Hodgins, Cunningham, & Murray, 2019); Matheson & Hamilton-Wright, 2019). Attend this session to update your prevention knowledge and skills using a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework focused on supporting the 97% before persons develop problem mental health distress.
This training utilizes a combination of didactic presentation and interactive case studies and focuses on problem gambling and suicide prevention concepts and terminology, the similarities and differences between problem gambling and suicide prevention, how to assess if an individual has a problem gambling disorder or is at risk for suicide, and questions and strategies to ask to get the individual the support they need.
The legalization of sports betting across jurisdictions and global markets expanded the availability and accessibility of sports betting, with 1 in 5 U.S. adults (19%) reporting personally betting money on sports in the last 12 months. This session provides an overview of sports betting, “lure” and excitement, “belonging” features, and the “consumption community” lifestyle of sports. You will learn prevention considerations, including youth prevention. This session will include a lived experience shared by a sports gambler.
Join us for a multimedia presentation and discussion about integrating music, art, and holistic practices into prevention and intervention for Black men impacted by problem gambling. We will explore the structural contributions to Black male economic insecurity, cultivating internal and community-based protective factors, emotional predecessors to risky behavior, and innovative tools to attract and maintain participation of Black men through relevant, provocative content.
African-descent communities gamble just like all communities, and gambling has historically offered not just entertainment but also a way for men to care for their families. Due to systemic racism, structural barriers, and social injustice, African-descent persons and communities may gamble also to escape emotional and financial distress from lived realities that are painful. How do we support African-descent gamblers, affected others, and community members? What Afrocentric and health equity strategies can we use to help our community “breathe through life better?” This session, led by Dr. Deborah G. Haskins, is a cultural review of problem gambling.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing problems with gambling and need support, call 1.800.327.5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org to speak with a trained specialist. Specialists are available 24/7. Services are free, confidential, and available in multiple languages.