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Our Mission: Sharing Solutio​ns. Changing Lives.​

The Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario (PGIO) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (C​​​AMH) brings treatment professionals and leading researchers together with experts in communicating and sharing knowledge. Our focus is on collaboratively developing, modelling and sharing evidence-informed solutions to gambling- and technology-related problems within Ontario and around the world.

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Centre for Addiction and Mental Health​

CAMH is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the areas of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people with mental illness and addiction. Learn more about CAMH.

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Education and Community Resources

Education and Community Resources is part of CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the team of therapist-trainers, knowledge exchange and research specialists delivers online and face-to-face training to problem gambling and allied professionals across Ontario. The focus of this work is expanding to other behavioural addictions, such as problematic use of technology—including Internet use, gaming, social networking, video streaming, browsing, reading, texting and chatting. Training and support are also provided to employees of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, the provincial agency that operates and manages province-wide lotteries, casinos and slots facilities. Education and Community Resources also develops research-informed handbooks, digital tools and websites for both professionals and people experiencing problems with gambling. Learn more about Education and Community Resources.

Problem Gambling and Technology Use Treatment Service

For concerns about gambling, counselling services are provided to people over 18 and their families. For problem technology use, counselling services are provided to people over 16 and their parents. Services are also available for family members whose loved one is not participating in treatment. Problem use of technology includes online activities that negatively interfere with a person’s life, such as those performed on Smartphones, computers, gaming consoles and tablets. Learn more about clinical services and treatment groups.

Research

CAMH is the leading mental health and addiction research facility in Canada and one of the largest in the world. Research at CAMH is an integrated part of the organization and shares CAMH’s vision, mission and values. Areas of research investigation have included the genetics of problem gambling behaviour, potential pharmacological treatments and evaluations of different treatment approaches. CAMH researchers have also developed screening, assessment, treatment and relapse prevention tools. Learn more about CAMH research.​