Year: 1998 Source: 23p. SIEC No: 20011429

This paper presents an analysis of 44 suicides occurring between 1990-1997 in the State of Victoria, Australia in which the State Coroner identified the presence of a putative gambling problem. The majority of suicidal gamblers were male with a mean age of 40 years with 84% of the sample being either unemployed or from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Evidence was found that almost a third of cases had previously attempted suicide & 1 in 4 had sought some form of mental health assistance for their gambling problem. A number of putative risk factors were identified including comorbid depression, large financial debts, & relationship difficulties. The relationship between crime, suicide & gambling, & gender differences among suicidal gamblers was also examined.