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The MGC Offers Resources To Support Mental Health, Wellness and Responsible Gaming Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

 

“Casinos are closed for now, but it doesn’t mean that persons experiencing gambling harm won’t continue to struggle.   As commonly said, problem gambling rarely travels alone.  Often underlying are co-occurring mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.  These conditions are surely only exacerbated by the impacts of COVID-19.  Add to this, social isolation and job loss or furlough resulting in lost income.  The risks now may only be higher for this group as they turn to unregulated or illegal forms of gambling to fill time and try to ‘win back’ their lost income.  The MGC’s Office of Research and Responsible Gaming would like to remind people that help remains available,” said Mark Vander Linden, MGC’s director of research and responsible gaming.

Voluntary Self Exclusion Program:

The MGC will continue to ensure that the Voluntary Self Exclusion program is convenient and accessible despite casino closure. We have modified program enrollment in an effort to support you during this difficult time.  For more information about how to enroll, please contact: vse@state.ma.us

Self-Help Workbooks:

These guides will help you better understand your gambling, figure out if you need to change, and decide how to deal with the actual process of change.

Your First Step to Change

Freedom from Problem Gambling

Virtual Gamblers’ Anonymous Meetings:

Gamblers Anonymous will provide accommodation for all Gamblers Anonymous members who have been told that their regular meeting facilities have been closed due to the current health emergency.

Learn more here.

Problem Gambling Hotline: 1-800-426-1234               

24/7 support is still available for persons who may be struggling with a gambling problem. It is free and confidential.  Helpline staff can provide information about self-help and counseling services available.

In The Rooms:

Free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addictions and related issues – not specific to gambling. Learn more.

GamTalk:

Free online support specific to gambling issues. Learn more.

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