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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on September 10th to spread awareness about suicide. Did you know that 1 in 5 disordered gamblers will attempt suicide? A total of 5% of all deaths are a result of gambling related suicide. Below you will find information and resources about suicide prevention and problem gambling.

Suicide and Gambling Statistics 

  • Gambling has the highest suicide attempt rate, more than any other addictive disorder
  • 1 in 5 disordered gamblers will attempt suicide
  • 5% of all suicides are related to compulsive gambling

Talking to Someone About Suicide via Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.
Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.
By offering immediate counseling to everyone that may need it, local crisis centers provide invaluable support at critical times and connect individuals to local services.


If a person talks about
  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Experiencing unbearable pain
  • Having no reason to live
  • Killing themselves


Specific things to look out for include
  • Aggression
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions


 People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods
  • Rage
  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety

Talking Saves Lives


Other Resources 

Is gambling a problem for you or someone you care about?  Find out by answering this simple gambling screening questionnaire.  

How to keep gambling safe and fun? Visit our gambling awareness page




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