Year: 2003 Source: Perspectives, (December 2003), p.5-13 SIEC No: 20070506

This article examines gambling behaviour in Canada using data from Cycle 1.2 of the Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health and Well-Being (2002). Results show a significantly higher proportion of problem gamblers than non-problem gamblers had contemplated suicide in the past year (18% versus 3%). 24% of problem gamblers were found to have had clinical depression, a risk factor for suicide, during their life. Results also indicate most problem gamblers recognized they had a problem & many had tried to quit in the previous year. (11 notes, 14 refs)