National Suicide Prevention Month – September 2019

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  This month is a good time to have the conversation about the relationship between suicide and problem gambling/gambling addiction.

Did you know that nearly 50% of people struggling with a gambling problem/ disorder have had thoughts of suicide?   

Individuals addicted to gambling have an increased chance of risk-taking behavior which coincides with a high rate of suicidal ideation/thoughts. Many of the warning signs for risk of suicide are applicable to the devastation experienced by a problem gambler.

Risk factors and warning signs include, but are not limited to:

-Loss: i.e. financial loss, loss of valuable relationships (family/friends), loss of self-esteem

-Feeling of Hopelessness

-Feeling of Helplessness

-Coping with mental health and or substance abuse issues

-Being a burden to others

-Feeling trapped

-Unbearable pain

-Isolation

-Loneliness

Hope and help are a phone call away.

If you or a family member are feeling suicidal or are making plans to end your life, get help right away.

-Call, Chat or text the Maryland Problem Gambling Helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER

-Call 2-1-1 and press 1 if you and/or a loved one are feeling suicidal and at imminent risk

Read more about Problem Gambling and Suicide

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