Gambling addiction ‘destroyed’ son, father tells Sheffield inquest

Parents of Jack Ritchie, who killed himself in 2017 aged 24, say state failed to properly address gambling risks

The father of a young teacher who killed himself after experiencing years of gambling problems has told an inquest that the addiction “destroyed” his son.

Jack Ritchie died in Hanoi, Vietnam, aged 24. His parents, Charles and Liz Ritchie, from Sheffield, believe that failures of UK authorities to address gambling issues contributed to their son’s death.

In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.

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