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Exciting Announcement: New CAMH.CA website is launching late April 2018

Current Year Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

New Problem Gambling Self-help Tools in French, Spanish, Polish and Chinese

TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2014 – Today, CAMH’s Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario launched five new multilingual web sites for people experiencing gambling problems. Individuals who speak French, Polish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese and have concerns about their own or someone else’s gambling can now access anonymous, free, online tools at any time. These sites are the newest addition to’s popular English language self-help tools which went live in 2012.

PGIO self help tools

The ava
ilability of’s new language resources coincides with the soft launch of Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s (OLG’s) new internet gambling platform.  This expansion will significantly increase opportunities for Ontarians to gamble from their homes and mobile devices—making online help tools more important than ever. Factors that can combine to deter multicultural communities from seeking help include: lack of information and resources, language difficulties, stigma, cultural pride, issues of confidentiality and anonymity, distrust of outsider’s help and discomfort in seeking professional services.

There is no registration required to access the multilingual self-help worksheets on  PDF documents can be viewed with Adobe Reader, a free software program; special attention was paid to making the PDFs compliant with Ontario accessibility standards. In addition, family members and friends can navigate difficult challenges faced by a loved one’s gambling with online tools that have been developed specifically for them. Other features of the site include:

Gambling Quiz: Answering these nine questions will help you understand if gambling is having a negative impact on your life.

Self-Help for Those who Gamble: Do you gamble? These worksheets will help you explore, cut down or stop gambling.

Self-Help for Family and Friends: Does someone you care about gamble too much? With these exercises, learn why they gamble and what you can do to help.

Monitor Your Gambling & Urges (MYGU): Use this tool to keep track of when you gamble, or feel the urge to gamble.

“I recommend these tools,” says Patrick Au, Executive Director of Chinese Family Services of Ontario. “They are appropriate for people experiencing gambling problems, for their family members, friends or the public.” Patrick also plans on recommending these tools to counsellors at his agency for use with their Chinese speaking clients.

Translation and cultural adaptation of the content was completed in collaboration with Ontario agencies that provide treatment services to individuals and families in many languages: Chinese Family Services of Ontario, Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services and Costi Immigrant Services. Development of’s Self-Help Gambling Tools was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Resources and information is available in many languages at



Multilingual Problem Gambling Treatment Services(PDF) 


Media contact:  Kate Richards, Media Relations, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) 416 535-8501 ext. 36015

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