Students are most at risk of gambling-related harm. Education institutions can help prevent it
Problem Gambling – An Epidemic On Campus
Why Are Students At Risk?
What Are The Risks?
- Financial problems as a result of compulsive gambling and overspend
- Negative / low satisfaction university experiences with reduced attendance and increased course drop-outs (impact on rankings)
- Overcrowded student care and wellbeing due to underestimation of the problem and difficulty identifying from tangental symptoms
- Mental health issues from the emotional consequences of gambling addiction – in particular: depression, self-esteem and anxiety
- Suicide ideation
- Trouble forming and maintaining relationships leading to isolation, loneliness, aggression and withdrawal.
What Are We Doing To Help?
However this cannot be the end of the conversation: we need to consider the serious impact that gambling is having student debt. In particular, we need to look how many betting companies are preying upon student vulnerabilities, with those with existing mental health issues at greater risk. This means encouraging institutions and students’ unions to offer proper guidance and support, but also looking at new regulatory measures to crack down on this. Shakira Martin