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The New York Council on Problem Gambling Launches KnowTheOdds Campaign for New Yorkers
Launch coincides with National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, seeks greater engagement between problem gamblers and resources
ALBANY, N.Y. – March 6, 2013 – The New York Council on Problem Gambling, a not-for-profit independent corporation dedicated to increasing public awareness about problem and compulsive gambling, announces today that it has launched a new site – KnowTheOdds.org – as part of a greater campaign surrounding public awareness and resources for problem gambling.
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, KnowTheOdds 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 (@KnowTheOdds) and Facebook profiles.
- Online videos and e-books – sharable items that look to create new conversations among all ages.
- Ongoing radio and television public service announcements.
“Each one of these new resources helps move the dialogue forward for those seeking support and in understanding that they are not alone,” said James Maney, executive director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling. “KnowTheOdds 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 KnowTheOdds by the New York Council on Problem Gambling is the first step of a new, yearlong campaign set to address those problem and compulsive gamblers. The Council maintains a neutral stance on gambling and is governed by a Board of Directors.
About the New York Council on Problem Gambling
The New York Council on Problem Gambling is a not-for-profit dedicated to increasing public awareness about problem and compulsive gambling. Serving as a resource to all New Yorkers seeking more information on assistance for problematic gamblers, the Council represents a new opportunity for those seeking help.
For more information, please visit www.knowtheodds.org, or call the New York State HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY. (1-877-846-7369)