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Young Adults

Gambling can quickly become a downward spiral for college-age students or young professionals who make it a frequent habit. In fact, nearly 6% of college students in the U.S. have a gambling problem. For these reasons, the Minnesota Department of Human Services launched the “Just Ask MN” young adult campaign to raise awareness about the risks associated with gambling among Minnesota’s college-aged population (18-25 years).

Just Ask MN provides content that connects this younger, at-risk demographic to educational resources and information about gambling activities, the consequences associated with risky gambling behavior, and how to better understand the signs of a problem in order to get help.

Using educational tools and tips to “play it safe“, the site includes a campaign video, a self-assessment questionnaire, resources for gambling help, and financial tips to educate and promote safe money management.

Those who want to have the conversation can start by calling the statewide confidential helpline at 1-800-333-HOPE or texting HOPE to 61222.

Keep an eye on your friends before gambling becomes a problem for them, too. The conversation may not always be easy to bring up, but you may be the only one who notices a change. Below are some warning signs to look out for. You can always call the helpline as well to understand how you can help someone you care about.

Know the Warning Signs of a Gambling Problem:

  • Gambling longer than planned
  • Gambling until the last dollar is gone
  • Thoughts of gambling preoccupy daily life
  • Bills begin to go unpaid
  • Attempts to stop gambling are unsuccessful
  • Criminal activity to fuel gambling
  • Borrowing money from friends and family
  • Feelings of depression or suicide after losing
  • Feelings of remorse after gambling
  • Gambling to meet financial obligations

If you are a campus administrator or professional looking for free resources and materials on problem gambling for millennials, visit TreatmentandHope.com.

For more facts and research on problem gambling among millennials, click here.