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UK: New analysis shows problem gamblers are more likely than others to have suicidal thoughts, attempt suicide and to harm themselves

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GambleAware and the Gambling Commission have last week published the results of a small-scale research project that examines the link between problem gambling and suicide. The report will contribute to the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms and is based on findings from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS).  Out of over 7,000 respondents, 41 were found to be problem gamblers and were identified as being more likely than others to have thought about suicide and to have attempted suicide in the past 12 months.

The results showed that of those identified by the survey as problem gamblers, one in five (19%) had thought about suicide in the past year, compared with 4% of non-problem gamblers/non-gamblers. 5% of problem gamblers reported they had made a suicide attempt in the past year, compared with 0.6% of those who showed no sign of problem gambling.

The survey analysis shows an association between problem gambling, suicidal behaviours and loneliness that warrants further investigation. Problem gamblers were more likely to feel lonely and isolated from other people than the rest of the population. Problem gamblers appeared to have a smaller network of people they felt close to and were less likely to feel that their friends and family gave them encouragement and support.

This analysis is based on data from the 2007 survey. The APMS survey repeated in 2014 but did not include questions on gambling. It is hoped that the Department of Health and Social Care will commission another Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey for 2021 and the authors recommend that questions on gambling behaviour be included in that study to explore the association between gambling and suicidality further.

In order to scope out what further research may be needed, a range of stakeholders, including those with lived experience of gambling harms, including addiction and bereavement due to suicide, attended a one-day workshop. The aim of the session was to better understand what knowledge gaps there were regarding gambling and suicide and to develop recommendations for future work.

Recommendations include:

  • The development of educational packages for clinicians, primary care providers and coroners to raise awareness of the association between gambling and suicidality.
  • The commissioning of a systematic review of evidence of the relationship between gambling and suicidality
  • The conduct of a psychological autopsy study to explore cases where gambling is related to suicide.

Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware has said:

“There is limited data and research on the link between gambling and suicide and this research is just the start. This report has clearly identified the significant gaps in the data that is currently available and what steps we should be taking to get more evidence to help improve our knowledge and understanding of the relationship between gambling and suicide.

It is vital we all know what signs to look out for in a gambling addiction, so we can point people in the direction of help as and when they need it. We look forward to continuing to work with Government, particularly the Department of Health and Social Care, and all those involved to promote the help and services available at BeGambleAware.org.”

 Dr Heather Wardle, Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said:

“The harms from gambling are profound and can be devastating for individuals, families and communities. These results show how people with gambling problems are a higher risk group for suicidality. Everyone involved in providing, legislating and regulating gambling should recognise this risk and take action to prevent harm”.

Professor Ann John, Swansea University and Chair of the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on Suicide and Self-harm prevention said

 ‘Death by suicide is usually in response to a complex interplay of a number of factors, it is rarely due to a single reason and is never inevitable.  However, there is no doubt that there has been a lack of recognition that there is an association between problem gambling and suicide.

‘Our research is a first step in understanding that association. Problem gamblers should be included as a high-risk group in suicide prevention strategies, efforts made to improve awareness, particularly in those providing services, and we need to encourage people to seek help before they reach a crisis point.’

Neil McArthur, chief executive of the Gambling Commission, said:

“This research is based on data from 2007 but nonetheless the findings clearly show a connection between suicide and gambling, something that has a real and devastating impact on people’s lives. Whilst further research and more timely data collection is essential, we are taking further action now to protect people from the risk of gambling harm.

“As a result of this research, the Commission and Samaritans will work together to bolster the existing requirements on gambling businesses to identify those at risk and take action to address and reduce harm.

“However, progress cannot be made by us alone, we need to work together to implement the priorities outlined in the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, and the key recommendations of this research. This is vital to ensuring we have the best research, prevention and treatment services available for vulnerable individuals, their families, friends and communities.”

The three research documents are available below, along with a summary of the key findings and recommendations.

Report 1: Problem gambling and suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts and non-suicidal self-harm in England evidence from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007

Report 2: Exploring problem gambling, loneliness and lifetime suicidal behaviours a cross-sectional study using the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007

Report 3: Scoping Current Evidence and Evidence-Gaps in Research on Gambling-Related Suicide

Executive summary

 

  • The survey was conducted over a decade ago and the sample was relatively small, with just 172 people identified as at risk of problem gambling and 41 identified as problem gamblers. Both problem gambling and past-year suicide attempts/thoughts are relatively rare, and the analyses were underpowered. The survey is cross-sectional in design and the data cannot be used to establish temporal sequencing in problem gambling and suicidality, nor causality.
  • The Commission’s Research Programme in support of the National Strategy includes an emphasis on measuring and understanding harm. A better understanding of gambling harms for adults and children and young people will help to target prevention and education initiatives where they will have most impact.


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Digitain Appoints Peter Nolan as its New Strategic Consultant

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Casino platform provider Digitain has appointed Peter Nolan as its new Strategic Consultant. Peter Nolan is having more than 20 years of experience in the iGaming industry.

Peter’s responsibilities at Digitain will include managing media relations, as well as consulting on B2B marketing, sales and business strategy.

“Digitain is a renowned market-leader with a widely acclaimed offering, and I’m immensely proud to join such an enthusiastic and skilled team as their Strategic Consultant. I look forward to helping the Digitain team consolidate the remarkable achievements to date, and help them to drive innovation, improve quality and deliver best-in-class customer satisfaction,” Peter Nolan said.

“With a wealth of experience working internationally for some of the industry’s most established businesses, we are thrilled to welcome Peter into the Digitain family. The knowledge and experience he brings to Digitain, gained in a corporate environment and also as a consultant, will deliver fantastic added value to our teams and business,” Suren Khachatryan, CCO of Digitain said.


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WePlay! Clutch Island is a new Regional Major Ranking tournament

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WePlay! Esports is hosting a CS:GO event.

WePlay! Esports is thrilled to announce a new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament called WePlay! Clutch Island.

The event will take place on June 16 – 28, 2020. The event sports a $50,000 prize pool and a quota of points needed to go to ESL One: Rio 2020. The new event sports uninhabited island of dangers laying under the scorching sun with hot sand and palm trees. Can the best CIS teams survive in such extreme conditions?

Open Qualifiers

Three slots in Closed Qualifiers will be determined through the Open Qualifiers that will be taking place over these three days:

  • 06.08.2020
  • 06.09.2020
  • 06.10.2020

Any team from the CIS-region will be able to participate in the open qualifiers. Each qualifier takes off at 16:00 CEST, registration will be open until 15:00 for each corresponding qualifier. Each qualifier will be played in a single elimination bracket. All matches up to the finals will be BO1. The finals are BO3.

Registration to qualifiers will be open soon.

Closed Qualifiers

The winners of Open Qualifiers will be joined by five invited teams to play in Closed Qualifiers. The participants will be divided into two GSL-style groups. The best teams from each group advance to the main event. The winners of divider-matches play in the Final Group (GSL-style).

Three best teams from the Final Group advance to the main event. All the rest teams are eliminated.

A tiebreaker match will be held between the teams that hold the third place in each group to determine the 10-place finisher.

Main event

The main event consists of the Group Stage and Playoff. In the Group Stage, the Closed Qualifier winners and invited teams are divided into two GSL-style groups. The four winners advance to the Playoffs, which will be played in a double-elimination bracket format.

Additional tiebreaker matches will be held between the teams that don’t make it to the Playoffs. The third place finisher from group A will face a third place finisher from group B. Same thing will happen between the fourth place finishers from both groups.

All tournament matches including the Grand Finals are best of 3 series.

Prize pool allocation

The prize pool of $50,00 and 14,375‬ RMR-points will be divided as follows:

  • 1st place – $15,000 & 2 000 RMR-points
  • 2nd place – $10,000 & 1 875 RMR-points
  • 3rd place – $6,000 & 1 750 RMR-points
  • 4th place – $5,000 & 1 625 RMR-points
  • 5th place – $4,500 & 1 500 RMR-points
  • 6th place – $3,500 & 1 375 RMR-points
  • 7th place – $3,000 & 1 250 RMR-points
  • 8th place – $3,000 & 1 125 RMR-points
  • 9th place – 1 000 RMR-points
  • 10th place – 875 RMR-points

The list of teams, invited to the main event and Closed Qualifiers, will be announced soon.


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IBIA and Speel Verantwoord sign cooperation agreement on betting and integrity

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The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) and the Netherlands online gambling trade body Stichting Speel Verantwoord (SSV) have signed a partnership agreement providing a framework for cooperation and coordination between the two bodies. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) will see the associations work on projects aimed at promoting and establishing viable regulated betting markets with high consumer channelling and related consumer, sports and operator integrity protection measures. Joint activity will be particularly focused on the Netherlands as it moves towards the opening of its online gambling market from mid-2021.

Peter-Paul de Goeij, Managing Director of the SSV, said “There are a significant number of companies that are members of both associations and there is clear benefit for our two bodies from working closely in the lead up to the introduction of the remote gambling law. Whilst both associations welcome the opening of the market, the law places a number of restrictions on certain betting products on integrity grounds, which both the SSV and IBIA have questioned; there is a general concern about the impact on consumer channelisation and market viability.”

Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “The Netherlands law presents a number of opportunities and challenges for operators concerning the availability of betting and related integrity issues. We will be seeking to work closely with the SSV to establish a working relationship with policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss those issues in more detail and to ensure that the market opening is successful. This includes supporting the licensing requirement for all sports betting operators to be a member of an integrity monitoring body, and where the Dutch law specifically mentions IBIA as a best practice model.”


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