It is with a great sense of responsibility towards the Cypriot society that the Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission announces the opening of the Centre for Prevention and Treatment of Problematic and Pathological Gambling. The Centre is an initiative of the Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission which is also the main sponsor.
The purpose of the founding of this Centre is the cooperation of the relevant organisations to provide prevention and treatment to adults who may face negative consequences from their involvement in gambling. This Centre is part of the mission of the Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission in an attempt to minimise the risks associated with gambling and to secure Responsible Gambling using the provided legislation.
The services of the Centre are based on two pillars: a) Prevention and Information to be provided by the Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission and b) Support, Treatment and Counselling to be provided by the National Addictions Authority, through KENTHEA (which is the contractor selected for this specific purpose).
The Centre is located at the Municipality of Agios Athanasios in Limassol, at a space carefully selected and designed in line with the needs of the services that the Centre offers. This space is provided by the Municipality in the context of its Social Responsibility and its cooperation with the Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission.
The Nicosia Development Agency also has an important role in the management of this project due to the prospect for future expansion of specific services of the Centre in Nicosia, where the largest satellite casino in Cyprus is located.
Through the first pillar, the Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission aims to inform and raise awareness to the community about gaming and how this can be done responsibly so that gaming does not develop into a source of problems.
The aim of the second pillar, for which responsible is the Cyprus National Addictions Authority and services are provide, is the free treatment services to addicted gamblers as well as the treatment of any consequent mental struggles the gamblers experience.
Parallel to these, KENTHEA, in the framework of its cooperation with the Centre, is responsible for the telephone line 1422 which operates daily from 9am to 7pm. This line is anonymous and free of charge. Professional psychologists and social workers who have received relevant training answer the line. People can receive support and counseling in relation to pathological gambling as well as information on how to help others to seek treatment. People who are interested are referred to programs based on their needs. The line collects only statistics and strictly adheres to personal data protection laws.