Problem gambling is an underestimated and undervalued public (mental) health issue. At average, for every problem gambler about 5 to 10 other people, partner, children, uncle, cousin, friends and even work colleagues are impacted by the addiction. For example, a problem gambler will sometimes tend to borrow money off their family and friends with a promise to repay and of course this never happens or they may lie to their partner and not tell them that they have a problem and spend their collective funds secretively on gambling. Problem gambing breaks down and even destroys relationships.
The responsible gaming concept is complex. What the solution to this is not, is a one man show, but rather a team effort. At the Gaming Control Board (GCB) we firmly believe that success can only be achieved by forming a responsible gaming coalition with Fundashon pa Maneho di Adikshon (FMA), Government, Parliament, all gaming sectors, the media, relevant non-governmental organizations (e.g. Fundashon pa Konsumidó), educational institutions (universities, school boards), mental health professionals, counselors etc.
On July 30, 2012, the GCB and FMA signed a Collaboration Protocol geared towards the execution of the Responsible Gaming Guidelines for Casinos, incl. the Self-Exclusion Program, the further development of countering gambling addiction, the development, planning and execution of awareness programs for the general public, the development of training programs for the GCB and casino personnel, the treatment and/or advice to self-excluded persons by FMA to avoid relapse, and the promotion of gambling addiction research by local universities.