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[IMAGE] Suffering in Silence: Suicide and Problem Gambling

Suffering in Silence: Suicide and Problem Gambling

With high profile deaths such as Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, the issue of suicide and the stigma surrounding mental health have remained the center of many conversations throughout the United States and abroad. A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that from 1999-2016, suicide rates have steadily increased throughout the United States. In the state of Florida, suicide rates have risen approximately six to eighteen percent (6-18%). How does this affect the [...]

[IMAGE] World Cup Betting Pools are Not Safe for Everyone

World Cup Betting Pools are Not Safe for Everyone

You have probably heard a lot about this year’s World Cup – officially the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – since it started about a month ago. Men’s soccer teams representing 32 different countries qualified for the tournament over a three-year period from a total spread of 211 teams. Will you watch the final this Sunday? The World Cup takes place every four years, and the international involvement in the World Cup means MEGA reach – it’s the most widely [...]

[IMAGE] HAGS With These Summer Safety Tips

HAGS With These Summer Safety Tips

The yearbooks have been signed, school’s out, and kids all across the state are as excited as ever to dive head first into summer vacation. As internet access and video games are just a quick reach away, it is important to establish responsible gaming practices at a young age. According to data collected from our 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine, the majority of problem gamblers began gambling before the age of twenty-five (25). Although it is prohibited for children under the age of eighteen [...]

[IMAGE] Why We Must Discuss Gambling Disorder for Men’s Health Month

Why We Must Discuss Gambling Disorder for Men’s Health Month

Did you wear blue? In 1994, President Clinton proclaimed “Blue Monday” as the kickoff event for Men’s Health Week. Each year since, the nation observes Men’s Health Week from Blue Monday to Father’s Day to bring focus on the health issues affecting men. In tandem, the entire month of June has been dubbed Men’s Health Month, a health education campaign dedicated to raising the awareness of preventable health problems among men. The top health issues affecting men include prostate cancer, diabetes, [...]


Support #StigmaFree for Mental Health Awareness Month

Millions of Americans experience life through the lens of mental illness, and millions more – their family members, friends, and other personal connections – are affected. Living with mental illness is hard enough. Stigma makes it even harder by shaming those who need treatment into fear and silence. Did you know that one in five Americans are affected by a mental health condition? May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a time to support a stigma-free world, where anyone who needs help is [...]

[IMAGE] National Pet Week®: Benefits of Pet Ownership

National Pet Week®: Benefits of Pet Ownership

Whether you are a pet owner or not, it’s tough to deny the joy that companion animals bring to their owners. In fact, the majority of pet owners consider their animals part of the family, many even purchase birthday or holiday gifts for them. While the average house pet decidedly lives a fairly luxurious life, ongoing research shows that both animals and humans (notably individuals with mental illness) benefit from these relationships. Here are a few of the many ways [...]

[IMAGE] Problem Gambling and Minority Mental Health Month

Problem Gambling and Minority Mental Health Month

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services is raising awareness of Minority Mental Health Month to end racial health disparities throughout the month of April. The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) joins the conversation through a look at how minority populations are affected by problem gambling throughout Florida. Problem Gambling and Mental Health Problem gambling (Gambling Disorder) is recognized by DSM-5 and categorized as an Addictive Disorder by the American Psychiatric Association similarly to substance abuse. For this reason, [...]

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Problem Gambling in Pop Culture: Karel Reisz’s The Gambler (1974)

Karel Reiz’s The Gambler (1974) is a poetic, gritty drama that provides a valuable and realistic representation of the perils faced by the millions of Americans affected by problem gambling. The film follows Axel Freed (James Caan) as he desperately exhausts every possible avenue to fuel his addiction to gambling. Additionally, the film provides insight to the harsh reality of problem gambling’s affects on personal relationships with a memorable performance by the supporting actors. Freed (James Caan) and Bille (Laura [...]


A Nationwide Event Takes Hold in Florida: Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week is a nationwide event about something that’s important to everyone: personal finance. From learning how to count money as a child to improving your credit score to developing the best retirement strategy, the subject touches people at all stages of life. For most of us, it’s also an area where we can improve. This year, Money Smart Week will be held from April 21-28 and will feature events, workshops, and resources to help consumers better manage their personal [...]

[IMAGE] How Gambling Can Rewire Your Brain

How Gambling Can Rewire Your Brain

When you hear the word “addiction,” what comes to mind? The spotlight has been shined on the dangers of alcohol and drug addictions, and the signs and symptoms of these are relatively easy to spot. But the psychological mechanisms of addiction do not require a substance. An addiction is a brain disorder where an individual compulsively seeks rewarding stimuli – things that make them feel good – without regard to the consequences. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) reclassified [...]