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For confidential assistance, call the Problem Gamblers HelpLine: 1-800-522-4700

Suicide Risk

The stress, pain and isolation of a gambling problem may cause some individuals to feel that there is no way out, leading to thoughts of suicide. Up to half of individuals in treatment for gambling disorder have suicidal ideation, and about 17% have attempted suicide. However, the vast majority of problem gamblers who have had thoughts of suicide have gone on to recover and lead healthy lives. Treatment and support have been shown to help individuals gain healthy coping skills and stop problematic gambling behavior, relieving feelings of desperation and thoughts of suicide.

Warning signs that someone may be at risk for suicide include:gambler-thinking

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless, having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing use of drugs or alcohol
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

If you or a loved one is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please get immediate help by calling:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

24-Hour Problem Gamblers Helpline: 1-800-522-4700