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The Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest brings together addiction and mental health service providers, researchers and subject matter experts in the fields of gambling, technology/Internet use and video gaming to collaborate and share knowledge on emerging trends and clinical best practices.

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Blog: A Health Communication Campaign to Address Gambling Among College Students

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A new blog released on Learn.ProblemGambling.ca discusses a research study on the use of health communication posters to raise awareness about gambling among college students. The piece was written by Aaron Diehr, PhD, CHES, Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Southern Illinois University and Marilyn Rule, MSW, Problem Gambling Program Director at Zepf Center in Toledo, Ohio. Read the blog here . Read the research article published in the...
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Gambling, Gaming & Tech Use  Upcoming Webinar!

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Problem Technology Use and Mental Health Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Webinar Series Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm (EST) Lisa Pont, MSW, RSW This webinar will discuss the complex relationship between problem technology use and mental health issues, as well as the available treatment options and resources for clients. After this webinar, participants will be able to: Define problem technology use Explain the link between problem technology use and mental health issues...
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Blog: Parenting Through Video Game Disorder

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A newly released blog on Learn.ProblemGambling.ca highlights some of the challenges of parenting a child with problem video gaming. The blog was contributed by Elaine Uskoski, a holistic health social service worker and author of the book Seeing Through the Cracks . She discusses the experience of finding out her 19-year old son has a video game disorder and how they worked together to get him to where he is today. Read her blog here .
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WHO weighs in on video gaming

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The WHO has weighed in on gaming addiction. The UN health agency said classifying “ Gaming Disorder ” as a separate condition will help countries be better prepared to support these individuals. Link to the article below! WHO's take on Gaming Disorder
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Problem Tech Use - Resource for parents

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Following our webinar from earlier today, Problem Technology Use and Mental Health , I thought it would be a great time to share a resource we created in 2017 for parents! A number of webinar attendees asked if we had any resources available for parents who suspect their children are engaging in problematic technology use, how parents can start that conversation with their children, and how they can get help if needed. To access this fantastic resource, please visit our website at:...
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Increases in technology use among Ontario students

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According to the 2017 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), there have been increases in social media and technology use among Ontario students. Further, this article (released today) states that: "Five per cent of secondary school students reported symptoms suggesting they had a serious problem with use of technology". This is the first time that the survey included items related to symptoms of problem technology use. Hopefully this sets a precedent for further research in...
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Gambling, Gaming, and Technology Use Knowledge Exchange

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I want to share a blog I wrote not long before the WHO made their announcement about Video Gaming Disorder being recognized as an official disorder. I first wrote and published a book about the transition between parenting your child and your adult child, as I found those years more challenging. Included in my story was part of the journey of my adult son's crisis through video gaming addiction. An organizer of Mindfest read the book and asked me to speak about Video Gaming Addiction. I...
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[Anonymous, Online Academic Study] Testing a web-based application for Depression and concerning gambling! (Canada,14-40 years)

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Researchers at the IWK Health Centre have built a web-based app to help people change their behaviors to help improve their mood. We are looking for participants all around Canada to use it and tell us what they think about it. If you are, or know someone: Who is 14-40 years old? Who sometimes feels sad, down, or depressed and/or has little interest in doing things? Who often feels like gambling? This is a Canada wide study and there is no need to travel, as all study activities take place...
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Do you use the Mental Status Examination in your practice?

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Do you use the Mental Status Examination (MSE) in your practice? If so, you'll want to head to our newly released evidence-informed practice web section on the MSE . There, you will find refreshers on what the MSE entails, the latest research on its use and how to apply it to your work with people with gambling problems. You can also find our other evidence-informed practice web sections at https://learn.problemgambling.ca/eip . We also recently offered a webinar on Concurrent Disorders and...
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Students advocate for more mental health support

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As post secondary students are gearing up to return to school next Tuesday, this article highlights some ways that different post secondary institutions are dealing with their students mental health concerns. The article states that a recent study found that "in 2016, about 44,000 Canadian students across 41 post-secondary schools responded to a survey that found about a fifth were dealing with immense anxiety, depression, and other mental-health illnesses, according to the National College...
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Webinar: Mental Health and Well-Being Among Ontario Students

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) recently released it's 2017 survey results. The report describes physical health indicators, mental health indicators, bullying, gambling and related problems, video gaming and related problems, and other risk behaviours among Ontario students in 2017 and changes since 1991, where available. A few survey highlights on gambling, gaming and technology use: About 7% of secondary school students...
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RCMP Youth Trends Report Fall 2018

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This was forwarded to me, via email, and i am passing it along. There is a lot of great information to help us understand our youth and technology better.
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Screen time, social media and tech use among Ontario high school students: Webinar this Thursday!

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Why are 20% of Ontario high school students spending 5 hours or more everyday on electronic devices in their spare time? To hear more about screen time, social media use and other findings from the 2017 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) register for this webinar this Thursday September 27 th from 1-2:30pm (EDT). Target audience: Public health, teachers, policy-makers , mental health leads, counsellors, and service providers. REGISTER HERE: https://OSDUHS-2017.eventbrite.com
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Resource for parents

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Right-by-You-A-Guide-for-Parents-Caregivers This is a resource that I found on the website jack.org. It's a site that promotes mental health awareness in youth: Jack.org is Canada's only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health in every province and territory. We do this through three globally-recognized programs: talks chapters and summits They have resources for teachers and parents, as well as youth. It was started by some parents after their son died...
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How to Improve Screening for Problem Gambling - Recruiting for Concept Mapping Study

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Are you a health care or service provider? If so, please share your thoughts with St. Michael’s Hospital and U of T researchers on ways to improve screening for problem gambling. We are looking for a wide range of health care and service providers. You can participate in-person at group brainstorming sessions held at the University of Toronto, or online on your own time. Those who take part will be eligible to win a food basket and/ or an iPad. Please contact our research team at...
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Older Adults & Problem Gambling: Journal of Gambling Issues - Special Issue 39

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There is a distinct scarcity of research on problem gambling in the older population (+ 55 years of age) despite a steady increase in prevalence rates (see Matheson et al., JGI , 39 , 43-61). In this special issue of the Journal of Gambling Issues ( JGI ), released in September 2018, a work group funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Gambling Research Exchange Ontario, summarize recent work in this field and identify paths for future study. Contributions include...
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Teens in Urban Regions Are More Likely To Experience Problem Video Gaming

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Our colleagues at EENet have just released a research snapshot on their website based on research of Shi and colleagues published in the International Journal of Mental health and Addiction . The study found higher levels of problem video gaming in teens living in urban areas than in teens living in rural areas. Interestingly, they also found that teens in urban regions with a gambling problem were more likely to have a problem with video gaming when compared to teens who did not gamble.
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Cashing in on Mental Health?

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Interesting article from the CBC yesterday on problem gambling in BC. It's sobering to hear about the pitfalls other provinces face with respect to problem gambling prevention, protection and supports. The former Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario is referenced in here along with other Canadian sources, around the evidence supporting problem gambling. Take a read if you have a chance.
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How mental illness is discussed on the internet

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armchair diagnosing is dangerous In the article linked above, they discuss one social media influencer who has created an 8 part documentary series examing the perceived mental health issues of another social media influencer. One of the concerns that gets examined is the idea that they lump bad behaviour in with mental health issues. This can have the impact of increasing stigma for those who deal with mental health issues. Another concern noted is that the one influencer is talking about...
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Man admitted to clinic in India for "Netflix Addiction"

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First case of netflix addiction being treated This story is being promoted over several different news outlets. There is a man in India who has been admitted to Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) Clinic at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru, India. NIMHANS Centre He is being described as a 26 year-old male who has been depressed for 6 months after losing his job. He has been using Netflix to "shut out reality" and turning it on first...
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YouTube stars talk about experiencing burnout

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YouTube stars talk about their mental health In this short CBC video piece, several YouTube stars are interviewed about their self-professed stress, anxiety and burnout they experience as they try to keep up with the demands of creating and posting new content frequently, if not daily. It's an interesting viewpoint to think about, as we are often talking, instead about the mental health concerns that their viewers may experience. If a viewer begins to feel depressed as they feel their life...
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Gambling and Cannabis Use in Youth and Young Adults Survey

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Hello, we are a group of researchers, educators, and trainees at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC). We are working towards creating new content for current educational programs provided to Ontario high schools, colleges and universities about gambling and cannabis use in youth and young adults. Please note this is not a research project. We have created a survey to assist us in how best to incorporate the most current research...
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Gambling and Cannabis Use in Youth and Young Adults Survey

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our Gambling and Cannabis Use in Youth and Young Adults survey. Your feedback has been invaluable! For those who are interested and would like to participate in our short online survey, you can do so until December 31, 2018 -5:00pm (EST). https://edc.camhx.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=CKXRA4L7HA we are a group of researchers, educators, and trainees at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC). We are...
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Parents should worry less about screen time, says UK doctors

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I was in England over the Christmas break and the topic of screen time for children came up, which caught my attention for both personal and work reasons. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says parents should take a balanced approach to screen time and that it cannot be prescriptive. This is different from Canadian guidance which recommends no screen time for children under 2 and only one hour a day for children 2-4 years old. You can read the full article here.
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Searching for ways to improve screening problem gambling

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St. Michael’s and U of T are looking for health-care providers to take part in a research study Are you a health-care provider? If so, please share your thoughts with St. Michael’s and University of Toronto researchers on ways to improve screening for problem gambling. We are looking for a wide range of health-care and service providers. In-person or online sorting and rating sessions will be held at U of T. Those who take part will be eligible to win a gourmet food basket. Contact Amanda...
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"People are dying" - UK calls for gambling to become a "public health issue"

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After their 24 year old son died by suicide from gambling-related debts, the parents of Jack Ritchie have joined the call for the UK government to make gambling a public health issue. Campaigners argue that high numbers of young and vulnerable people are becoming addicted to gambling and calls for stronger government regulation and a precautionary approach to any kind of marketing by the betting industry. You can read the full article here.
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The first long-term study on how screen time affects children's brains

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The National Institutes of Health are currently conducting a study on over 11,000 children to look at the long-term effects of screen time. Preliminary findings show that children who use screens for more than 2 hours a day score lower on language and thinking skills. It will be interesting to see what else is uncovered as this study continues, including whether changes are dependent on what the screen is being used for and/or on the child's developmental stage. Read the full article here .
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And the debate continues: Study links excessive screen time to developmental delays in children

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This Canadian Study found that "one in four Canadian children are not developmentally ready for school by the time they start kindergarten, and that excessive screen time may be a key contributor". The study found that children were watching television or using digital devices for an average of 2.4 hours a day at age two, 3.6 hours at age three, and 1.6 hours at age five. The article references back to a statement (posted here earlier) released by Britain’s Royal College of Paediatrics and...
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Bell Let's Talk - part of the problem?

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A recent article posted on NOW discusses how "Bell Let's Talk" day may actually be contributing to the mental health problem. https://nowtoronto.com/news/think-free-blog/bell-let-s-talk-day-part-of-the-mental-health-problem/ Do you agree with this journalist? Disagree? Why or why not? Looking forward to reading the discussion! :)
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Data show no evidence that teens' social media use predicts depression over time

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Longitudinal data from adolescents and young adults show no evidence that social media use predicts later depressive symptoms. However, the findings do show that relatively higher depressive symptoms predicted later social media use among adolescent girls. This research stands in contrast with recent claims that adolescents' use of social media may lead to depression, claims based primarily on studies that examined associations between average social media use and average well-being measured...
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Gambling and Gaming Harms: Ontario Professional Development Forum

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May 9 th and 10 th , 2019 ⃒ Downtown Toronto, Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel This year’s Forum focus is “bringing together clinicians and community partners to reduce harms from gambling and gaming”. Whether you have been supporting people with gambling problems for years or you are new to the field, changes in the gambling landscape, emerging technologies, the blurring of gaming and gambling, and new insights into concurrent disorders all indicate a need for updated approaches to treatment and...
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Register Today: Mindfulness for Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use

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Are you a mental health & addiction service provider supporting clients with gambling, gaming or technology use concerns? If so, you may be interested in our one-day interactive and experiential mindfulness workshop taking place on March 8, 2019 in Toronto. This workshop, hosted by @Registered Member, will provide you with an introductory overview of mindfulness meditation, the practices, attitudes and concepts, along with how to incorporate them into your clinical practice.
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Can technology use help with anxiety and depression?

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In a TED Ideas piece that came out late last year, author Chris Dancy discusses how technology has helped him deal with his depression and anxiety. He uses technology to: log his physical symptoms, mental health symptoms, feelings, thoughts, and behaviours during a panic attack or depressive episode and then reflects on these digital logs as a way to know what to expect and that he can make it through watch videos of others with similar struggles so he doesn't feel alone track his app usage...
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Gambling and Gaming Harms: Ontario Professional Development Forum

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May 9 th and 10 th , 2019 ⃒ Downtown Toronto, Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel Early bird rate closes Friday March 15th. This year’s Forum focus is “bringing together clinicians and community partners to reduce harms from gambling and gaming”. Whether you have been supporting people with gambling problems for years or you are new to the field, changes in the gambling landscape, emerging technologies, the blurring of gaming and gambling, and new insights into concurrent disorders all indicate a...
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Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use Community of Interest Survey

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We invite you to complete a short survey about our Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest, which you can access here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGTU-CoI . The purpose of this survey is to understand the extent to which our community of interest has increased your knowledge about gambling, gaming and technology use as well as your connections with other stakeholders. It will also help to inform the development of future online communities through EENet Connect. This...
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New UK report says social media addiction should be a disease

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The Royal Society of Public Health in the UK has argued that social media addiction's toll on young people's mental health warrants it being classified as a disease. Read the article in the Guardian and the full report .
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Have you seen our evidence-informed practice content on Learn.ProblemGambling.ca?

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Have you been to Learn.ProblemGambling.ca/eip lately? We have updated and added new evidence-informed practice content for mental health & addiction service providers on a variety of problem gambling topics, including: Screening & Assessment Mental Status Examination Stages of Change Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy Relapse Prevention Inventory of Gambling Situations Concurrent Disorders Trauma-Informed Care We have also updated and added evidence-informed content on other behavioural...
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Sit less, play more: WHO wades in on screen time use for children

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The debate over just how much screen time is OK for young children rages on. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its latest guidelines : no screen time for babies under 1 and no more than 1 hour a day for kids 1-4 years old. Kids should be more active and sleep more, rather than engage in passive screen time, which can lead to health problems later on in life. The main concern is the impact of physical inactivity - of which sedentary screen time is a part - on the risk of...
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Sleep problems in teenagers reversed in just one week by limiting screen use

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Sleep in teenagers can be improved by just one week of limiting their evening exposure to light-emitting screens on phones, tablets and computers. The study indicates that by simply limiting their exposure to blue-light emitting devices in the evening, adolescents can improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, after just one week. Those who had more than 4 hours per day of screen time had on average 30 minutes later sleep onset and wake up...
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Gambling and Gaming Harms: Ontario Professional Development Forum

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On May 9 th and 10 th , the Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use team under the Provincial System Support Program at CAMH and Gambling Research Exchange Ontario co-hosted the Gambling and Gaming Harms: Ontario Professional Development Forum. The forum brought together over 100 clinicians and community partners, providing an opportunity to interact and learn from each other’s experiences, broadening their outlook beyond their own practice. Dr. Carlo C. DiClemente, one of the founders of the...
 
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