Nic Murray, Research Officer, Money and Mental Health
Know the odds: the links between mental health problems and gambling
21 November 2017
Problem gambling is associated with a wide range of psychological symptoms of mental health conditions such as increased anxiety, low mood and poor coping skills. Mental health problems can lead people to become problem gamblers, increase the harm caused by problem gambling, and make it harder to quit. This paper explores the role of mental health problems at each of these three stages, and makes recommendations to protect this particularly vulnerable group of consumers. In addition to reviewing the academic literature on mental health and gambling, we have undertaken new qualitative research with our Research Community.