The New York Council on Problem Gambling has launched a new website - www.KnowTheOdds.org - as part of a greater campaign surrounding public awareness and resources for problem gambling.
"The New York Council on Problem Gambling is currently working with local prevention councils statewide including locally with CASAC to educate parents of school-age youth about gambling and problem gambling and to encourage them to talk to their kids early and often about the issue so their kids are too smart to start," said Tony Bellanca, Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council gambling prevention specialist.
Launching during National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, the KnowTheOdds campaign is designed to create further dialogue between those New Yorkers adversely affected by gambling and those advocating for support and treatment. By expanding on the current channels available for problematic gamblers, the new site is designed to introduce a new audience to the warning signs that would depict problem gambling.
New resources available for problem and compulsive gambling includes:
KnowTheOdds.org - a website that incorporates statistics, links to resources and videos that can be shared via social networks.
Twitter and Facebook profiles.
Online videos and e-books - sharable items that look to create new conversations among all ages.
"Each one of these new resources helps move the dialogue forward for those seeking support and an understanding that they are not alone," said James Maney, executive director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling. "KnowTheOdds.org reaches those individuals that we have always sought to offer a supporting hand. This is yet another strong step for creating an environment that decreases the stigma regarding problem gambling and encourages an honest and open discussion regarding problem gambling related issues."
The launch of www.KnowTheOdds.org by the New York Council on Problem Gambling is the first step of a campaign to address problem and compulsive gamblers.