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Gambling awareness campaign brings message to NSCC

SPRINGHILL Ever had a yellow flag moment?

That was a question being asked yesterday, as Cumberland Health Authority Addiction Services brought the Yellow Flag Campaign to students at the Nova Scotia Community College campus in Springhill.

Students seeing yellow

SPRINGHILL Ever had a yellow flag moment?

That was a question being asked yesterday, as Cumberland Health Authority Addiction Services brought the Yellow Flag Campaign to students at the Nova Scotia Community College campus in Springhill.

Were connecting with folks in the target group of 19-34-year-olds, because they do tend to be at a higher risk for developing problems with gambling, explained prevention and community education officer Heidi MacLeod.

Yellow Flag moments occur when people gamble in ways that could put them at risk for future problems. Common yellow flags include when people gamble longer than they meant to, when people head straight to the VLT room at the pub and stay there longer than intended, and when people spend more money gambling than they planned to.

Originally launched in 2006 following research on gambling behaviour of young adults, the campaign includes such elements as an interactive website, television ads, radio ads and a poster campaign. The goal is to increase students understanding of what at-risk gambling looks like and to motivate at-risk gamblers to reduce/modify their play, according to MacLeod.

The display was set up during lunch hour at the busy cafeteria, and many students were talking about it, including Brittany Patriquin. The continuing care student said she has not experience problem gambling in her life, but has seen it happen to others.

You see it around a lot with younger youth groups, she said. Kids nowadays at nights go gamble with their friends and do other things that lead to addictions and stuff they shouldnt be doing.

She said more campaigns like Yellow Flag are needed to raise peoples awareness of the issue.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Cumberland Health Authority Addiction Services, VLT

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL

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