Marquette, MI – February 16, 2021 – The coronavirus pandemic may be increasing behaviors that could lead to or amplify a problem gambling disorder due to social distancing that may leave many with idle time, frustrations and anxiety.
Lori A. Mello, Program Manager of the Gambling Treatment Program at Health Management Systems of America, spoke about challenges that exist during social distancing-related closures and online gaming and sports betting on Mark & Walt in the Morning today.
Mello shared what can be done if someone suspects they, or someone close to them, may have gambling addiction, especially during this time of social isolation.
She said the Michigan Problem Gambling Helpline, 800-270-7117, is open for crisis intervention and referral to treatment, even during the pandemic.
Trained and experienced counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone or virtually to provide immediate help to address issues related to gambling disorder, including screening services and referrals to treatment or support groups.
Mello also talked about the 13th Annual Problem Gambling Symposium “Gambling Brought to Light” online event on March 4th and 5th.
Go to www.cmham.org/events to find registration information.