Focus is a statewide program that has been designed to bring awareness to gambling prevention amongst youth.
It is modeled after the PhotoVoice Project. This approach to community change-making places youth, particularly those who are motivated to see positive change within their community, at the center of community change. Photovoice encourages youth to document how they are directly impacted by issues and conditions in their community. This method will allow youth to share their thoughts and opinions with others and speak to decision makers about what they think needs to change about their community.
FOCUS! Gambling Prevention is a program of IABH and is funded in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
As much as it is important to prevent youth gambling, it is also crucial to provide resources for those who may already be struggling. Below are gambling resources for people who may express having problem gambling:
We Know the Feeling is a coalition of gambling establishments and other partners and led by the Illinois Department of Human Services to help bring awareness to problem gambling and encourage treatment. weknowthefeeling.org
This hotline is a 24/7 help network for those struggling with problem gambling. Click on the website to find the number, use the chat feature, or email. https://www.1800gambler.net
This website provides information on Gamblers Anonymous meetings for people who want to share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from gambling problems.