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Public Service Announcement

This is National Addictions Awareness Week

Nov 17, 2014
Did you know that roughly 332,000 people in Ontario are experiencing problems as a result of their gambling?

Did you know that roughly 332,000 people in Ontario are experiencing problems as a result of their gambling?

Many adults who report past gambling difficulties also report loneliness, depression, suicidal thoughts, shame and past trauma.

Females are more likely than males to perceive gambling addiction as shameful, making it difficult to ask for help.

We see what we want to see.

Try to separate the person from their coping strategy; the human being from their gambling or substance use.

To get help for you or someone you care about, call 1-800-565-8603 or go to www.connexontario.ca.

Many services are free and help is available.

Brought to you by the Addictions Awareness Committee of Simcoe Muskoka:

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (www.rvh.on.ca)         

Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital (www.osmh.on.ca)

Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch (www.cmha.ca/branch_locations/simcoe-county-branch)

Addiction Outreach Muskoka Parry Sound (www.aomps.com)

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (www.smdhu.org)

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (www.waypointcentre.ca)

Part of the Simcoe Muskoka Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategy.

This media release produced in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

 

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