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Gambling: Suicide

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL8964, tabled on 26 June 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for additional independent research on the number of gambling related suicides in the UK.

Answered on

6 July 2018

The charity GambleAware, which commissions research, education and treatment for problem gamblers, has established an expert steering group to help build a better shared understanding of gambling-related harms, chaired by the deputy chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, expert advisers to the Gambling Commission. As part of this work it will look at what research needs to be done on suicide and suicidal ideation and it will shortly publish an initial paper for wider consultation.

The Department of Health and Social Care is also working with DCMS and other stakeholders to examine the issue of gambling-related suicide. Suicide prevention is a priority for Government and DHSC updated the National Suicide Prevention Strategy last year to strengthen its key areas for action.