A friend of mine had just lost his life savings through gambling addiction. What's worse is that he also used the money which is supposed to be for his mother medical expenses.
His mother is currently having a heart complication which is in need of surgery. However due to Covid-19, it had to be postponed since his mother is currently living in different country.
My friend (who asked to be anonymous) had been suffering from depression since 2015. He is also currently living alone, which made it him prone to do bad life decisions.
He started gambling on 2020, right when the pandemic started. Being diagnosed with depression and living alone without anyone to monitor him made him chosen gambling as his new hobby.
Earlier this year he had lost over $30,000 which he had saved for his future expenses (i.e wedding etc). This made him more depressed and having suicidal thoughts. I have not known about his gambling problem before. Yesterday (4th June) he suddenly contacted me and asking if he can somehow get a refund from gambling loss. He just lost over $20,000 that day and that is all he had left from his savings. I tried to comfort him and do some research about gambling compensation, which unfortunately to no avail.
He is now actively engaging with gambling support helpline and also trying to get his life straight. I am also monitoring his situation.
I am doing this fundraising to help a friend to regain his life and his mother health. It is unfortunate what happened to him. But I believe everyone deserves a second chance in life.
Any amount donated will fully sent to him. I will make sure his mother will have her heart checked first before anything else.
Thank you for your generous donation. Remember, gambling addiction is a mental illness. If you know anyone having this issue, please do help them and give them comfort. The last thing we want is to have someone we know suicide because of bad lifestyle.
I am also trying to raise awareness of this gambling addiction as a mental illness through twitter. Below is the link if anyone interested to follow.