Smart Choice

Smart Choices: Recognizing Problem Gambling,educates children in grades K-12 about problem gabling and teaches them skills to avoid becoming a problem gambler.We offer:

  1. Drama Presentations:A troupe of professional actors engages kids in an interactive drama presentation about gambling, the risks of gambling (problem gambling) or gambling addiction and characteristics of problem gambler.
  2. Workshops:Through in class presentations and discussions, and drama games kids learn about what gambling is, how to prevent from being a problem gambler, and what to do when you or someone you know is a problem gambler.
  3. Picture& Poetry Contest:This contest encourages grade 4–6 students to submit a picture or poem explaining their thoughts and feelings on problem gambling.

For more information or to book apresentation for your school, class or youth group, please contact :
Dereje Berenda (DJ) at (780) 429-3111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

What is gambling ?

Gambling is risking money or something that is important to you in an activity with and uncertain outcome. Just because you might not be old enough to go into a casino doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways that you can gamble.

Gambling can be:

  • betting, daring or playing for keeps
  • buying scratch tickets
  • poker, playing cards, etc.
  • betting on the outcome of a sporting event or videogame

This means you have to be careful about gambling at any age!

 

Why should I care about gambling ?

There is a difference between gambling and PROBLEM gambling.

8% of teenagers today are considered to be problem gamblers. Another 15% are at-risk for becoming problem gamblers. Youth are twice as likely as adults to become problem gamblers.

 

What are the signs of a gambling problem ?

Gambling may be a problem for you or someone you care about if:

  • You have trouble controlling the amount of money and time you spend on gambling
  • You lie about the amount of money you spent on gambling, and lie about the amount of money you have won or lost
  • You have arguments at home about money and gambling
  • You skip school for reasons related to gambling
  • You borrow money and then can’t pay it back because of gambling

 

If you or someone you care about is suffering from a gambling problem,please call:
1-866-332-2322
Alberta Health Services
Addiction and Mental Health

Supported by:
ASSIST Community Services Centre
Alberta Health Services (AHS) Addictions and Mental Health

Hours of Services

Monday to Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed on weekend and statutory holidays

Services in the following languages

Arabic, English, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Kakwa, Punjabi, Russian, Tagalog and Urdu

Head Office

9649 – 105A Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5H 0M3
 
Phone: (780) 429-3111
Fax: (780) 424-7837
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Southwest Office

Unit 2, 810 Saddleback Road NW
Edmonton, AB T6J 4W4
 
Phone: (780) 429-3119
Fax: (780) 424-7837
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LINC Classes Registration

Downtown 
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(780)429-3111 Ext 310

Southwest 
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(780)429-3119 Ext 433 or 434

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