How to Help Others
Know the risks!
Or better yet, know your risk factors. These are the things that increase the chances of someone developing health and behavior problems. Don't know what risk factors are associated with gambling? Well here's a list:
Some things that contribute to a higher risk are:
The complete opposite of risk factors, protective factors decrease the chances of developing a problem with gambling. Want to know how to protect yourself? Here's a list of protective factors.
How do you minimize your risk of developing a problem
The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling provides a Helpline that offers information and support, not just for people worried about their own gambling, but also for the loved ones of gamblers. The "English-language" Helpline was started in 1987 to provide confidential help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Helpline does not provide mental health counseling, but the Council staff responds empathetically, providing an attentive listener who will offer information and referrals to self-help meetings, treatment centers, counseling services, and other community resources.
The Helpline is available in five languages!
English: 1-800-426-1234, available 24/7
* The English Helpline is operated 24/7. People who call the other language Helplines will be asked to leave
Check out the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling Website