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WHAT IS SNSUS?

SNSUS (Stiftelsen Nordiska Sällskapet för Upplysning om Spelberoende) is the Nordic Foundation,, The Nordic Society Foundation for Information about Problem Gambling. It was founded in 1999 with the purpose of sharing knowledge and information about Problem Gambling. The foundation has no affiliations with any political party or religious group. SNSUS has grown to now represent all five Nordic countries.

The foundation was established to arrange an annual Nordic conference about the treatment of problem gamblers and their relatives. The first conference was held in Oslo, Norway in 2000, with annual conferences until 2005. Since 2005 SNSUS conferences have been held every other year.

Why a Nordic conference focused on treatment for problem gamblers and problem gambling in general?

We, the founders of SNSUS, work with treatment of problem gamblers in Denmark , Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. When we met at different international conferences the idea of setting up a network between the Nordic countries arose. It's a small group of people who work with gamblers and their relatives up here in the North, so why not get together and exchange experiences and knowledge in these issues? We are convinced that there is a need even among others to meet and discuss treatment of problem gamblers and their relatives.

Gambling conferences are arranged around the world by gaming industries, institutions connected to universities, other industries with no affiliations to any other company or organization, regulated government authorities or other with interests in gaming issues. At many of these conferences problem gambling is on the agenda but seldom or never is problem gambling or treatment the main theme of the conference.

We therefore made a commitment to arrange a conference every other year with the theme gambling problems and treatment. During two days we will be able to discuss different kinds of treatment, network issues, diagnostics, relapse prevention and other important and interesting themes for those who work with treatment for gamblers.

Who is involved in SNSUS?

On the board of directors you will find:

Tapio Jaakkola

Tapio Jaakkola

E-mail: tapio.jaakkola@ehyt.fi
Phone: +358 50 463 8212
Cellphone: +35 401758244

Tapio Jaakkola is Development Ccoordinator at the Gambling Clinic for Helsinki Metropolitan Area and leads  the project to develop treatment and support services for problem gamblers. The clinic is a treatment and development centre for gambling related problems not only for the Helsinki metropolitan area but also for whole of Finland. Behind this project is the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the cities of Helsinki, Vantaa, Kauniainen and three NGO's the A-clinic Foundation, the Finnish Blue Cross and the Foundation of Social Pedagogy. The Peluuri Gambling Helpline is part of the clinic.

Michael Bay Jørsel

Michael Bay Jørsel
CEO at Center for Ludomani in Denmark

E-mail: michael@ludomani.dk
Phone: +45 70111810
Cellphone: +45 20167006

From its establishment in 1992, the Center has been an active and proactive participant in discussions and debates with gambling in all its forms in both the public and political arena. The Center for Ludomani took the initiative in Denmark to offer treatment options for compulsive gamblers and their families and has also throughout the years been a major force behind a large number of preventive measures - in the educational sector; within the social and healthcare systems; and in the business community - as well as being an active participant in research projects dealing with problem gambling, in cooperation with relevant research institutions in Denmark and abroad.

Thomas Nilsson

Thomas Nilsson
Senior Advisor

E-mail: thomas@sustainableinteraction.se
Cellphone: +46 703330570

Thomas Nilsson is a certified psychologist with more than 25 years experience of working with problem gamblers and over 30 years experience working with people suffering from alcohol and drug addictions. Thomas is the founder of Sustainable Interaction (former Spelinstitutet), a privately owned company specializing in problem gambling. Sustainable Interaction has, among other things, developed a self-help program online for problem gamblers and GamTest - a self test to detect early warning signals on problematic gambling. Sustainable Interaction has also cooperated with gaming operators and their work with responsible gaming and produced online education for retailers, staff and casino personal. Sustainable Interaction has also operated the Swedish national help line for problem gamblers by direction from the National Public Health Institute.

Daniel Tor Olasen

Daniel Tor Olasen

E-mail: dto@hi.is
Phone: +354 5255265

 

Øystein Bjørke Olsen

Øystein Bjørke Olsen
Special adviser, Centre for Addiction Issues (KoRus -Øst), Norway

E-mail: obo@sykehuset-innlandet.no
Cellphone: +47 90561657

Øystein Bjørke Olsen has worked with gambling addiction and problem gaming since 2003, when he started to work at the Norwegian National helpline and with outpatient group therapy. He was project manager for establishing the national distance-based treatment service which was launched in 2007. Since 2009 he has been working at Centre for Addiction Issues (KoRus-Øst) where he has been head of the field of gambling and video game addiction. KoRus-Øst is one of seven regional competence centers which have a regional responsibility on the field of substance abuse and addiction problems. In addition to this task, the Directorate of Health has given KoRus-Øst gambling addiction and video game addiction as a national responsibility. Our purpose is to share knowledge about gambling addiction and video game addiction in Norway.

Sten Rönnberg

Sten Rönnberg

Member of honour

Finn Gyllström

Finn Gyllström

Member of honour