March 8, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being encouraged by Health Minister Mary Schryer to be aware of the impacts of problem gambling as the province observes Gambling Awareness Week, March 8 - 12.
"One in 20 New Brunswickers suffers from problem gambling, and many more are affected by it," said Schryer. "As we mark Gambling Awareness Week, I remind everyone that confidential help and information may be obtained toll-free at 1-800-461-1234."
During the next two months, the provincial government will air bilingual television advertisements that reach out to problem gamblers and their families.
"The television campaign features a young man whose life is hurt by problem gambling, under the tagline, Is Gambling Tearing your Life Apart?" said Schryer.
The campaign, first aired in March 2009, was credited with increasing awareness about the province's toll-free gambling information line.
In addition to the television campaign, advertisements in telephone books, on the Internet and on information posters and brochures will promote awareness about problem gambling and inform the public about available services. Copies of the television advertisements and additional information are online.
New Brunswick has eight addiction centres with specialized staff helping individuals and their families with problem gambling through counselling and intervention services.
The Department of Health budgets an estimated $1 million annually to support gambling prevention and intervention services.
MEDIA CONTACT: Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.