Sydney Man Contemplates Life After Considering His Cat Instead of Suicide
Australia has the highest number of gambling machines per capita in the world, with poker machines, known as pokies, available in pubs, bars, clubs, and hotels. This widespread availability has resulted in millions of dollars in losses each month or billions annually. Problem gambling and gambling harm are serious issues that threaten many Australians, with some turning to theft or even suicide when chasing losses. However, there are organizations that offer help, including helplines, counseling, and self-exclusion options. One man from Sydney, Tim Gray, was rescued from problem gambling by his pet cat, Crystal. Gray had considered suicide but thought of his cat and who would feed her if he were gone. This thought led him to seek help and turn his life around. Lawmakers in Australia are working to reduce problem gambling, but it remains an important revenue stream for local governments despite the harm it causes.