Ohio promotes responsible gambling amid National Suicide Prevention Month

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As the Buckeye State prepares to launch sports betting, an Ohio organization has urged residents to educate themselves on responsible gambling.
To commemorate National Suicide Prevention Month, Ohio for Responsible Gambling has highlighted specific risks in an effort to raise awareness.
It emphasized, most notably, a link between problem gambling and suicidal ideation. “There’s a strong connection between a person’s mental health and gambling activity,” said Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, Prevention Chief at Ohio’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

She went on to say, “For those living with a gambling disorder, up to 38% will consider suicide.”

Meanwhile, Derek Longmeier, Executive Director of Ohio’s Problem Gambling Network, expressed similar reservations.

He emphasized the effect that a gambling addiction can have on a person’s loved ones and close associates.

“The challenges of problem gambling and suicide extend far beyond the individual who places a bet,” he said. “Families, children, businesses, and schools are all affected by a person’s gambling addiction.”

Longmeier went on to stress the significance of early detection. People should be on the lookout for signs such as anxious or agitated behavior, extreme mood swings, and a sudden decrease in work performance, according to him.

Other signs of an addiction include lying or concealing how much time or money a person spends gambling, as well as withdrawing or isolating themselves.

After the Buckeye State’s legislature passed House Bill 29 late last year, Ohio is set to launch sports betting on January 1, 2023.