Research has shown that middle and high school students have a much higher problem gambling rate than adults. It is crucial to reach this vulnerable population as early as possible. BDA has implemented evidence-based problem gambling prevention and outreach programs for high schools and middle schools. The programs teach students about the risks of problem gambling as well as facts about the probability of winning and the “house edge.” BDA | Morneau Shepell provides extensive training for educators and mental health providers using our train the trainer model. Over 65,000 middle and high students have been reached in North Carolina alone through Stacked Deck, the only problem gambling prevention curriculum approved by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
BDA | Morneau Shepell has reached over 400,000 college students, faculty and staff through campus prevention and outreach programs. Our college and university partners use a three tiered approach that incorporates outreach, screening and instituting a campus-wide gambling policy. Through these programs, students have created extraordinary public service announcements and art work to increase problem gambling awareness. BDA | Morneau Shepell provides training for campus faculty and staff including counselors and campus wellness coordinators. We also provide outreach through presentations to student groups.