After further research has shown that there may be a relation between gambling disorders and suicide, the Gambling Commission is now strengthening its stance on the work towards reducing harm within the gambling community and minimizing these risks.
The research into this matter was commissioned by GambleAware and was performed by the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. The analysis of this data proves that there is a direct correlation towards those exhibiting gambling-related addictions and committing suicide. Or at the very least, leading to suicidal thoughts.
The data was heavily based and built upon the research that was performed all the way back in 2007. It proved that 5% of those with problem gambling attempted suicide in the past year. This trend continued with as much 19% of problem gamblers showing suicidal tendencies in the past year.
Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission, Neil McArthur, issued a statement. He said: “Whilst further research and more timely data collection is essential, we are taking further action now to protect people from the risk of gambling harm”.
After realizing this unfortunate connection, plans have already been made to help work against this. The Commission is working closely with a charitable organization such as the Samaritans to identify those at risk, reducing the following event of suicidal thoughts.
The National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms will be working tirelessly to perform more research into the field. It is important that not only is the data gathered but works into prevention and treatment must also be up-to-date with the information at hand.
GamCare, another gambling charity, has set up a National Gambling telephone line for anyone to call and contact them about issues related to gambling disorders. This helpline will be open 24 hours a day over a period of two years to help the most vulnerable of customers. Further research committed by the Gambling Commission can be found online to find out more information into the subject of gambling disorders.