Welcome here and just to let you know that you are not alone! Apart from our forum, you can use these resources if you have suicidal thoughts:
I’ll list some crisis support sites here where you can speak to someone:
Befrienders Worldwide allows you to search by country for any local support that might be available:
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) maintains a list of support lines:
Wikipedia also keeps a list of international crisis support lines here:
There are some practical things you can do immediately to restrict your access to gambling as well as to help you manage your money. From that point, you can then begin to work on repaying any debt that you may have as a result of your gambling.
You can often request to be excluded from gambling websites where you have an account. This is usually done by contacting the customer service department of the website that you use. Exclusions usually start from a minimum of 6 months, but can often be longer.
You may find that installing some blocking software on your computer or mobile device is also useful. It is important to explore these services yourself to decide if they are suitable for you.
Many physical gambling venues such as casinos and bookies will allow you to self-exclude or ban yourself – perhaps give them a call and ask them what the procedure is. And don’t worry, you won’t be the first or last person to ask for this.
It is important to think about how you manage your money. It can help to ask a trusted friend or relative to help you manage your money for an agreed period. It might feel difficult to confide in someone else – but taking yourself out of isolation with your gambling is important.
It is a good idea to combine practical measures with proper emotional help and support. Dealing with the problems associated with your gambling, or that may have led you to gamble, will help you regain control.
You may also find our support groups useful:
A list of the Gambling Therapy peer support groups can be found here:
- This reply was modified 2 months ago by zoya.