Problem Gambling and Suicide Prevention Presentation

DBSA Revere Speaker Series

Open to all

November 12, 2020 5:00-7:00 pm

Kim Harol is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

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Gambling is often referred to as the “silent addiction” because, unlike addictions to substances, there are no physical signs that a person is experiencing a problem.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the country.  Over the past few decades there has been increased research and awareness about both of these important issues; about how prevalent gambling addiction and suicidal thoughts and behaviors are in all segments of society, but, also about how the two issues intersect and the ways in which each increases risk for the other. 

This 2 hour presentation is designed for the general public and provides a basic introduction to the topics of gambling and problem gambling, suicide, and the intersections between the two.  Presenters will draw on participants’ experiences with gambling and suicide prevention, as well as present current data, examples and a case study. Expected outcomes include participants being able to recognize both protective factors (conditions or attributes in individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that mitigate or eliminate risk) and warning signs that may indicate a person is having a problem with gambling, or contemplating suicide, identify strategies and tools to assess for risk and discuss possible resources where they could refer the person for help. 

Some Facts:

When at-risk gamblers and problem gamblers are compared to recreational gamblers, survey results showed that they are:

• Having serious problems with depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.

• Using tobacco.

• Consuming large amounts of alcohol at one time.  

Gambling Behavior in Massachusetts Before Casinos

Non-gambler:              63%                

Recreational gambler:     27%

At-risk gambler:           8%        (approx. 440,000 adults)

Problem gambler:           2%        (approx. 110,000 adults)

Come to the presentation and learn more about actionable steps, protective factors and specific warning-signs.

Thinking About Suicide?

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call:

The Samaritans Statewide crisis help line for suicidality or crisis

 at 1-877-870-4673 (call or text)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


508-532-2255 or text c2t to 741741

If you are in immediate danger:

 please call 911.

If you need a listening peer:

 call one of the numbers listed in