Each September, national awareness efforts help disseminate information about the resources available that enable those with mental and substance use disorders, including problem gambling/disordered gambling, to live healthy and rewarding lives. Recovery from gambling addiction is possible and it does not need to be a solo journey.
There is a connection between problem gambling and suicide. Individuals struggling with problem gambling or gambling disorder can feel distress and a sense of helplessness when dealing with the effects of their gambling behavior. They can feel alone. And their distress isn’t obvious.
This May during National Mental Health Month, take a mental health break to recognize an opportunity to share the importance of care in our relationships to other and to ourselves. Sustaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle to achieve “wellness” in our daily lives is important, but it can also be a challenge, especially if dealing with addictive behavior.