The Problem Gambling Community Program of the Canadian Mental Health Association, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the problem gambling helpline, and regional health authority problem gambling counsellors, offer free presentations, information sessions, and interactive displays that target students, educators, school administrators, guidance counsellors, principals, and other interested parties.Part of the outreach involves classroom-based presentations focusing on Grade 6 - 12 students. For middle year students (Grades 6-9), province-wide access to free classroom presentations is also available.
In fall 2013-14, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority launched a VLT outreach pilot with the Canadian Mental Health Association. The outreach initiative involved the use of a VLT at the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan’s Welcome Week, Wascana Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology and the Saskatoon Council on Aging. CMHA staff engaged students and others about the VLT, how it works, discussed randomness, house advantage, near misses, the illusion of control, gambling myths and responsible gambling features on the VLTs.
The Ministry of Health has partnered with the Saskatchewan Science Centre to offer free overnight camp-ins every year from September through June for middle year students throughout the Province. A What are the Odds? interactive display set up at the Centre explores the science of risk-taking through eight interactive stations that address probability, skill, luck, chance, and superstitions. An interactive computer game is also available that mirrors the display.For high school students (Grades 10-12), CMHA delivers free classroom presentations throughout the Province under Saskatchewan Health’s tagline, What’s on the Line?. Presentations cover such topics as probability, randomness, signs of a gambling problem, myths, skill versus luck, and other subjects.
For college and university students (ages 19-24), an interactive problem gambling awareness program called, What’s on the Line? Campus Connection is offered. The program travels to post-secondary institutions throughout the Province to teach students about the myths and risks associated with gambling; signs of a problem; and where to access local help resources and services.