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Suicide: Gambling

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL1452, tabled on 7 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a publicly accessible central record of the number of people who commit suicide for reasons connected with problem gambling.

Answered on

13 February 2020

We presently have no such plans. There is currently no reliable estimate of the number of suicides linked to gambling addiction or problem gambling in the United Kingdom. The Government is committed to improving our understanding of the link between suicide and gambling.

GambleAware has commissioned some preliminary research into gambling-related suicide, which was published in July 2019, and the Department has invited GambleAware to return to the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group to discuss the research findings and what further research may be needed in this area.

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