September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Suicide, attempted suicide and suicidal ideation is common among problem gamblers. Since there are no outward signs of gambling disorder, people can hide their addiction until their situation is dire. By the time people with gambling disorder “reach bottom,” they face serious financial problems, their families and relationships are in ruin, and the sense of hopelessness is pervasive.
By the numbers:
- 49% of people struggling with gambling disorder have thoughts of committing suicide
- 1 in 5 problem gamblers attempt suicide, more than double other addiction
- 1-3% of the adult population of the U.S. has a gambling problem
Are you worried that you or someone you care about has a gambling problem? Help is available. In Maine, call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org