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Community Outreach

The Education and Community Resources (ECR) program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is part of CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program. ECR's team of therapist-trainers and knowledge exchange specialists deliver online and face-to-face training to problem gambling, addiction and mental health professionals across Ontario. The focus of their work has expanded to other behavioural addictions, such as problematic use of technology—including Internet use, gaming and social networking. Training and support are also provided to employees of Ontario Lottery and Gaming, the provincial agency that operates and manages province-wide lotteries, casinos and slots facilities. The program also develops research-informed handbooks, web and mobile tools for both professionals and people experiencing problems with gambling. ECR is the knowledge exchange arm of a collaborative network of research, policy and treatment professionals at CAMH called the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario.

The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program is a free service offering educational prevention programs designed to raise youth awareness with regards to gambling, healthy/active living and making informed decisions. Together with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the YMCA believes educational awareness raising programs are essential to enhancing personal development and creating healthier communities.

The YMCA Youth for Youth Gambling Education Program is a provincial education and prevention initiative designed to empower young people to raise awareness with regards to underage gambling, problem gambling, and the support resources available. The Y4Y program engages adolescents aged 15-18, and young adults aged 18-24 through a gambling education, video and poster competition. 

 
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