Welcome to the Gambling Support Network website. The Gambling Support Network, a service provided by a third-party vendor on behalf of the Department of Health and Wellness, provides a website and internet-based services for individuals who are concerned about their gambling as well as family members and friends who are concerned about someone else's gambling. The website provides a quiz to help you assess whether you are at risk for gambling problems and a cost calculator to see how much money you spend on gambling. It also provides you with an interactive way of making a decision about your gambling and developing a plan to reduce or stop your gambling, if you choose to do so. You will be able to e-mail the results of the quiz and spending calculator and your plan to reduce or stop your gambling. You can read stories from others who have made changes to their gambling. You will also find information gambling-related resources and services in your region.
If you are a family member or friend and concerned about someone else's gambling, the website will provide you with information and resources to help you with your concerns.
The information and materials provided to you on this website are free of charge. They are intended to facilitate assessment of gambling concerns and spending practices on gambling-related activities, help develop a plan to reduce or stop gambling, provide information and support for concerned family members and friends, and provide resources and services in your region of residence.
2. Use of Services
The Gambling Support Network Services are not for emergencies or urgent situations.
If you require immediate assistance, please call your doctor or 911 immediately.
The information and materials contained on the Gambling Support Network website and by their counsellors are provided free of charge.
Use of e-mail
You can e-mail any materials you have been filling out on the website to yourself. You are solely responsible for all usage or activity on your e-mail account. We require you to take reasonable efforts to ensure that your ID and password are protected and not used without your knowledge or consent or on your behalf by others.
Use of live chat
You are also able to contact a counsellor at the Gambling Support Network by live chat directly. You can send your questions about treatment for gambling-related issues, treatment services in general and specific services provided by the Gambling Support Network as well as general resources in Nova Scotia.
3. Use of the quiz
The questions contained in the Take 5 quiz are based on a standardized assessment tool for gambling-related problems called the Problem Gambling Severity Index © (1). It is a self-assessment tool designed to differentiate between levels of risk and problem gambling.
5. Governing Law
(1) Ferris, J., Wynne, H., and Single, E. (1999). Measuring problem gambling in Canada. Final report for the inter-provincial task force on problem gambling. Canada: Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse.