UK Parents Mourn Son’s Suicide Over Gambling Debts

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(Christian Institute) The parents of a 27-year-old who took his own life after battling a gambling addiction say his death is a “waste of a talented, lovely boy.”

John and Alison Myers shared how their son, Ryan, had sometimes spent all his wages on gambling and was “hemorrhaging money.”

Although Ryan sought to “self-exclude” himself from gambling websites, he continued betting—spending hundreds of pounds on a gambling machine on the day he committed suicide.

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  • JohnnysBack

    Very sad to hear this. Gambling is bad news for a lot of us. It has bankrupted me in more ways than one. And it left me in a place where I hated to continue doing it, but I was so depressed that it was the only thing left that would get me out of my depression for a brief bit of time. So i continued until I lost everything- and then I actually felt content because I knew that the craving would be done and I would be forced to face life head on. While I still had money it was like some evil force was still at work in me that kept drawing me back and back. It’s been 19 days and I still don’t have a job or money- but that’s okay. I’m trying to take it one day at a time and hopefully get a little stronger each day. My moods are all over the place- some days are great, some days are so bad that I lash out at the few people left in the world who I’m still somewhat close to- knowing all the while that the things that I’m saying to them are irrational, but the outbursts help me to get a release from this pent up anger that I sometimes feel is eating away at me on the inside. I pray each day for God’s help to make it through. To everyone else out there who is fighting an addiction, let’s keep fighting. We woke up today, we have another chance to make it right and another day to try and get right with God before the curtain closes. God bless you all.

    • Becky

      I’ll pray for you, too. Please, remember you’re not alone.

      “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
      Hebrews 4:15,16