Project Worth launched in Nevada, an online service designed to connect locals with gambling problems with accessible state-funded recovery facilities. This includes treatment centres as well as call, text or talk support lines Implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services of the State of Nevada problem gambling services division. It has 180,000 people, which is approximately six percent of the population.
Notwithstanding this, it is claimed that “few of these individuals seek assistance, largely due to the stigma associated with seeking help,” with gambling “woven into the fabric of Nevada’s culture and history” and comprising “an essential part of the state’s economy”.
Project Worth aims to reduce the stigma surrounding gambling harm by reminding Nevadans that they are deserving and making free and low-cost resources available to individuals and families in need.
Alan Feldman, chair of the Advisory Committee of Problem Gambling said: “Project Worth was created to help people in the state of Nevada learn that everyone is worthy of support if they find themselves experiencing any of a range of harms from gambling — from mild to moderate to severe.
“We want Nevadans to know that if they struggle with any kind of a gambling problem, there are treatment resources available on both the state and national levels to help them redefine their personal worth. And these resources are free or very low cost.”
Project Worth links website visitors to six treatment centres funded by the state–three of which are situated in northern Nevada and three in southern Nevada. Treatment centres in the north include Reno’s Bristlecone Family Resources Reno Problem Gambling Center and Fallon’s New Frontier Treatment Centre. The centres in South of Nevada include the International Gambling Centre, Mental Health Counseling and Consulting, and Finding Hope Therapy, all located in Las Vegas.
The website also connects visitors to the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, a local resource that connects people with gambling disorder information, and to the online chat service provided by the National Council on Problem Gambling and a 24-hour call or text helpline. Project Worth also refers visitors to Nevada 2-1-1, a platform which is committed to helping Nevadans communicate with the services they need.