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CAMH's Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario Launches New ProblemGambling.ca Community Forum

Oct 1, 2013 (Toronto) The Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario (PGIO) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has added a new online Community Forum to the self-help tools found at ProblemGambling.ca. The forum is for individuals and concerned significant others negatively affected by problem gambling.

Anonymous, free, and accessible any time of day from a computer, the Community Forum is a safe and encouraging online space where people can share experiences and information that support coping and recovery. It is also a place where people can encourage each other as they complete the interactive tools and exercises also found at ProblemGambling.ca.

 Research findings support the use of internet-based, self-help and peer-support groups and have been linked to help-seeking behaviour, improved communication, social support and overall quality of life. “The fact that you’re anonymous can encourage you to open up and share with others without the worry of being judged,” says Robert Murray, Manager at the PGIO.

Individuals who would like to learn more about or make changes to their gambling are encouraged to go to ProblemGambling.ca today to get started. Family members and concerned significant others are also encouraged to visit the site as there is a place on the Community Forum-- as well as self-help tools-- designed specifically for them.

Link: Self-Help Gambling Tools

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Media contact: Michael Torres, Media Relations, CAMH at (416) 595-6015; media@camh.ca

The Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health brings treatment professionals and leading researchers together with experts in communicating and sharing knowledge. Our focus is on collaboratively developing, modeling and sharing evidence-based solutions to gambling related problems, within Ontario and around the world.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.​

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