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Gambling Support Information

Where can I get information about gambling?


PEI Gambling Support Line

1-855-255-4255

Call the PEI Gambling Support line toll-free at 1-855-255-4255 for free confidential and dedicated telephone service. The phone line is available to all Islanders 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  There is no time limit on calls.

You can call the support line if you want to talk about any concerns related to your gambling or someone you care about who is gambling.

How much does the support line service cost?


The counseling service offered through the help line is free.

What will callers receive?


Callers will receive a variety of supportive services such as information about in-person counselling through Addiction Services, Gamblers Anonymous meetings, SMART Recovery meetings, and other resources. Callers may also choose to be referred to Addiction Services for counselling.

What is gambling?

Gambling involves the practice of risking something of value (money, valuables) on a game of chance. There are many forms of gambling:

 

  • Video Lottery Terminals (VLT's) / slot machines
  • Betting on sporting events i.e. horse racing, hockey, football
  • Poker, Blackjack
  • Lottery tickets / scratch tickets

Many of these activities can now be played online as well.

What is problem gambling?

Gambling is a problem when it:

  • Gets in the way of work, school or other activities
  • Harms your mental or physical health
  • Hurts you financially
  • Causes problems with your family or friends

How can I tell if I have a gambling problem?

Take the Self Assessment if you have concerns about your gambling.

Where can I find more information about problem gambling?

[All links are to external websites]


 

Gamblers Anonymous Meetings
Charlottetown
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 11 am at St. Pius X Church, 106 St. Peter's Rd., Basement Room 7
Summerside
Wednesdays at 8 pm, Trinity United Church (Corner of Winter and Spring Streets)
 
SMART Recovery Meetings
Charlottetown - Contact Nicole Publicover: 902-316-1252
Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm Trinity United Church, Richmond Street
Fridays from 6:30-7:30 pm at Canadian Mental Health Association, 178 Fitzroy Street
Alberton - Contact Tiffany Bernard: 902-978-1170
Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm at Canadian Mental Health Association, 33 Dufferin Street



If you have questions about problem gambling, gambling services, or the support line, contact:

Jill Sabean (Gambling Addictions Specialist)
Telephone: (902) 368-5293 or (902) 368-5057
Fax: (902) 620-3081
Email: jlsabean@gov.pe.ca
The Gambling Addiction Specialist is also available to provide presentations to your work sites or community groups. Call or email to arrange a time that is convenient for you.

You can also contact your local Gambling Addictions Services site if you would like to talk to someone in person.

Sites are located in Mt. Herbert, Montague, Souris, Summerside and O'Leary.

 

Is there a cost?

Appointments at Addictions Services sites are free and confidential.
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