(Las Vegas, Nev.) – The holidays are a time to celebrate the season and hope for a brighter new year. But for people with gambling problems, the holidays can feel isolating, especially during COVID-19. Through Project Worth, you can find hope and give the gift of changing your gambling habits. If the holiday season is difficult for you or a loved one because of a gambling problem, connect with the available resources.
Project Worth also encourages people to advocate for friends, family, coworkers or others who they may fear are struggling with a gambling problem. The holidays symbolize hope and togetherness for many, and the best gift you can give to a problem gambler is to show them that you support a positive change.
“Those who report having a problem share that they often feel alone and ashamed of the circumstances that result from their gambling, especially during the holidays,” says Alan Feldman, chair of the Advisory Committee of Problem Gambling (ACPG). “Now is a great time to support one another by finding resources for yourself or by supporting a loved one’s choice to seek help.”
Project Worth works to reduce the stigma that surrounds problem gambling by reminding Nevadans that they’re worthy and that the State makes free and low-cost resources accessible to individuals and families who need them.
“If you know someone who may be struggling, know that change is possible,” Feldman says. “It’s important to encourage and uplift those around us, especially during the holiday season.”
Project Worth connects website visitors to five state-funded treatment centers – three in northern Nevada and two in southern Nevada. The website also connects visitors to the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, a local resource that connects people with information about gambling disorder, and to the National Council on Problem Gambling’s online chat service and 24-hour call or text helpline. Project Worth also directs users to Nevada 2-1-1, a site committed to helping Nevadans connect with the services they need.
To learn more about Project Worth, or find resources for yourself or a loved one, visit ProjectWorthNV.org.
About Project Worth
Project Worth is part of the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Problem Gambling Services division and uses the guidance of the Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. This is a state-funded online tool designed to connect Nevadans to free and low-cost problem gambling treatment resources. Project Worth’s top priority is to encourage Nevadans to seek treatment for problem gambling to enhance the safety, health and welfare of all Nevadans. Project Worth is supported by the Nevada State Division of Public and Behavioral Health through Workorder 5225 from Revolving Account for the Prevention and Treatment of Problem Gambling. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Division. For more information about Project Worth, visit ProjectWorthNV.org.