Recently, the Gambling Commission indicated its intention to collaborate with Samaritans to tighten requirements for gambling operators to recognize risks associate with suicide brought on by problem gambling.
The program was master-planned after data from the Adult Morbidity Survey (APMS) of 2007 that concluded that about 5 percent of all problem gamblers have tried to take their lives at some point.
New data published on the 19th of July in finding sponsored by the GambleAware also concluded that the same percentage of those who had tried to take their own lives were people in the problem gambling category.
While accepting that this data the report was written from was obsolete, Neil McArthur, the Gambling Commission’s chief executive, stated that the findings indicate, nonetheless, that there is a link between suicide and gambling in general.
The reason additional information is not available is that while the Adult psychiatric survey was redone again in 2014, it did not feature questions relating to gambling itself.
Assistant professor at London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Heather Wardle, noted that the impact of gambling is profound and can even be devastating for families, individuals, and the whole community.
Based on the report, the Samaritans and the Gambling Commission will develop new guidelines to ensure that operators handle risks surrounding suicide.