Number of gambling addicts who feel suicidal has quadrupled during coronavirus lockdown, charity reveals

The number of gambling addicts telling a charity helpline they feel suicidal has quadrupled since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.
Gordon Moody Association said it now receives 19 such calls each month, up from five in normal times.
It has also seen a five-fold increase in the number of referrals for treatment to severe gambling addiction it receives from the NHS and other groups. Three quarters of its patients are online gamblers, compared with only 4 per cent who bet inside bookmakers’ shops and casinos.
Three quarters of its patients are online gamblers, compared with only 4 per cent who bet inside bookmakers’ shops and casinos
Three quarters of its patients are online gamblers, compared with only 4 per cent who bet inside bookmakers’ shops and casinos
The figures, which seem to bear out the fears of MPs and campaigners that the isolation and boredom of lockdown would fuel gambling addiction, are the ‘first signs of the storm’, the charity said.
The curtailment of live sport left gamblers tempted by riskier online products such as slots.
Ladbrokes’ owner GVC revealed yesterday that its takings from online gaming have risen nearly 50 per cent in the past three months. Tory MP Richard Holden, of the all-party parliamentary group on gambling, said: ‘These figures show how urgent it is that the Government gets on with its commitment to review Britain’s gambling laws.

The curtailment of live sport left gamblers tempted by riskier online products such as slots
The curtailment of live sport left gamblers tempted by riskier online products such as slots
‘It’s shocking to see people cashing in on the coronavirus lockdown. We really need to get a grip on these online gambling companies and protect vulnerable customers.’
Matthew Hickey, chief executive of the Gordon Moody Association, said: ‘We did feel that we were likely to experience a major storm because of the coronavirus crisis. These figures may yet be the first signs of the storm. We’re definitely seeing an upsurge in numbers, and we’re getting a lot of younger people calling in, and a lot more women too.’
The charity saw the number of in-depth conversations with patients where serious harm has been detected increase by two thirds during lockdown. It also made contact via its outreach services with 250 patients a week, up from 30 per month before lockdown, as its residential services wound down, while 100,000 more women visited its Gambling Therapy website than in the same period last year.
Three recent reports from MPs and the House of Lords have called for gambling laws to be tightened. One said problem gambling was responsible for about one suicide every day and that betting blights the lives of two million Britons.
Richard Holden MP, of the all-party parliamentary group on gambling, said the figures who how urgent it is that the Government gets on with commitment to review gambling laws
Richard Holden MP, of the all-party parliamentary group on gambling, said the figures who how urgent it is that the Government gets on with commitment to review gambling laws
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