Suicide and Gambling

  • Masood Zangeneh
  • Teri Hason

The World Health Organization has tracked the evolution of suicide throughout the decades. From 1983 to 2001, the world suicide rate was 12 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, which is comparable to the Canadian suicide rate that is measured at 15 deaths per 100,000 people. In the short time of two years (1997–1999), there was a 10% suicide increase in Canada.

The debate over whether abusive consumption of certain products (e.g. alcohol, drugs of abuse) could cause, lead to or trigger suicidal ideation and/or behavior is getting more attention from the public and the helping professions, as another item gets added to the list of premorbid factors. Problem gambling is a recent issue that has received some negligible attention as a factor playing a role in suicidal ideation and/ or behavior. It is important to note that problem gambling has been treated recently as a concurrent disorder (Clarke, 2005) that co-occurs with a host of mental health and addictive problems.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction (IJMA), Editorial OfficeRichmond HillCanada
  2. 2.Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada

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