Recognize signs of gambling disorder
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a campaign aimed at raising awareness about the millions of Americans who face the reality of living with a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorder or personality disorder
But did you know that problem gambling can lead to another diagnosable and treatable mental health disorder called gambling disorder?
Problem gambling and mental health are connected. Nearly two-thirds of gamblers surveyed reported that their mental health has suffered as a result of their gambling (Nash et al, 2018).
People with depression may engage in gambling to elevate their mood. People with anxiety may gamble to manage their symptoms. People with bipolar disorder may use gambling to elevate their mood during depressive states or impulsively engage in gambling during their manic states.
Some individuals may gamble to deal or cope with various forms of psychological trauma. Gambling disorder has one of the highest rates of suicide than any other addiction. One in five problem gamblers have attempted or died by suicide (Moghaddam et al, 2015). Problem gambling does not just affect the individual who is gambling, but also their loved ones.
Each person struggling with gambling problems affects at least 10 people closest to them.
In one study, over 90% of those affected by someone’s gambling behavior reported feeling emotional distress (Nash et al, 2018).
The Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center is here to support anyone affected by problem gambling. Call 518-801-1491 or email [email protected]
For more information and resources visit www.NYProblemGamblingHELP.org/Northeast.
The writer is a team leader at the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center.
Saeed has insight, skills for Niskayuna
Aliya Saeed is running for a position on the Niskayuna Board of Education.
She is a highly qualified candidate who can both understand and then advocate for the needs of students, families and educators within this district.
I have personally worked with Aliya on two major projects, a mental health needs assessment of the residents of the town and school district, and on the recent review of the Niskayuna Police Department. While working with her on each of these projects I had a chance to observe how she considered the needs of multiple groups of individuals, advocated for their needs and how she worked with the various members of all groups to achieve the best possible outcome.
During more than 50 years, I have worked with many individuals, families, businesses and groups within the Niskayuna School District and as a result have a good understanding of what it takes to help a committee make the best decisions for a community. Aliya has both the insights into the community and the skills to help the school board reach the best decisions needed to make our schools and the community a great place for students and families to grow and thrive.
Time for budget reset in Niskayuna
As a Niskayuna resident, taxpayer and parent, I will vote NO on the Niskayuna School Budget.
In a year with unusual boosts in state and federal aid and millions in surplus, we see teachers cut, sections close, class sizes swell and an athletic supervisor added.
Our unappropriated fund balance north of $5 million is a sacred piggy bank. Like a mantra, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in school district audits urges schools adopt budgets with fund balance appropriations to fund operations in a manner beneficial to taxpayers.
The district banks on the goodwill of Niskayuna parents and our consistent record of budget approval.
A failed budget brings school officials back to the table for some soul-searching. The threat of a contingency budget is a scare tactic, while the tax cap folly ensures taxpayers feel grateful for increases under 2%.
We open our wallets and our hearts each year to the promise of academic excellence that we are led to believe can only come from higher taxes.
We need free-thinkers and mavericks on the school board.
We need fiscal oversight, not rubber stamps. We need a superintendent who shows respect, and we desperately need voters to reject continued grifting.
End debt in U.S. with unique lottery
Here is a unique way to end debt in America nationwide. In every county, there will be a new way to have successful lotteries.
We all have participated in 50/50 lotteries. Why not 80%-20% lotteries? The only monies that are not given back are tied to logistics and funding the super lottery.
Lotteries will be held once a week. If $10,000 is raised by ticket sales, $1,000 goes to the firehouse, or EMT’s or the library, $8,000 is given back as prizes $1,000 goes to the super lottery in which every state participates.
Only checks are acceptable and there is only one check per person. You may not buy more than 10 tickets at $10 per ticket.
To qualify for the super lottery, you must have won one of the smaller lotteries. You may invest up to $1,000 to buy ten super lottery tickets. I predict every six months, the super lottery will have at least $500 million in the prize fund. Instead of just one huge prize, why not give 500 winners $1,000,000 per person?
All state-sponsored lotteries will disappear overnight. Lottery winnings are taxable.
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