Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance will again lead the way in providing education and awareness activities as part of Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM), an annual grassroots effort promoted by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) that takes place each March. In addition to traditional awareness activities, this year’s PGAM will be highlighted by the Minnesota Conference on Problem Gambling, as well as a public open house.

“Problem gambling continues to be a concern for too many Minnesotans and their families,” said Cathie Perrault, executive director of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, Minnesota’s affiliate to the NCPG. “By raising awareness about this addictive disorder, we hope that more Minnesotans will get the help they need that’s provided to them at no cost by the state.”

For the first time, the Minnesota Conference on Problem Gambling will take place during awareness month. The conference, which takes place March 8-9 in Brooklyn Center, includes informational sessions for professionals in the addiction and counseling fields, policy makers and anyone interested in this disorder. The Many Faces, Many Solutions theme will examine problem gambling from several perspectives, including the many faces that are impacted by problem gambling and the variety of solutions available to help them.

The conference will also feature a free two-hour open house at which recovering gamblers will share their inspirational stories. The open house takes place March 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. and will include education materials and refreshments. No registration is necessary to attend the open house.

Professional staff from Northstar and other organizations will be available for interviews during the conference and throughout the month of March. Media members are encouraged to visit the conference for access to experts who can provide insights about problem gambling in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Conference on Problem Gambling is presented in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, Minnesota State Lottery and Project Turnabout.

Additional facts and resources about problem gambling can be found here.

ABOUT NORTHSTAR PROBLEM GAMBLING ALLIANCE
The Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA) is a nonprofit, gambling-neutral organization dedicated to improving the lives of Minnesotans affected by problem gambling. NPGA is Minnesota’s affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling and is comprised of an alliance of individuals and organizations who believe that problem gambling is a serious public health issue that is both preventable and treatable.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gaming, support for treatment and education for counselors.

CONTACT:
Cathie Perrault, 612-424-8595 (office), 651-587-8258 (cell), cp@northstarproblemgambling.org
Linda Bisdorf, 612-424-8595 (office), linda@northstarproblemgambling.org