26 Jul '11, 1pm

More seeking help for gambling problems: SOS #Singapore

More seeking help for gambling problems: SOS #Singapore

In its latest annual report, the Samaritans of Singapore noted a sharp increase in number of calls seeking counselling … The Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) says there has been an increase in the number of calls seeking counselling assistance, specifically on loan sharks and gambling issues. The organisation -- which provides 24-hour emotional support to callers -- said it handled a total of 41,079 calls from last April to March this year, of which 27,596 were deemed as "crisis calls". This is an increase from the previous year, which recorded a total of 39,956 calls. SOS deputy director Tan-Lee Yoke Yin told Yahoo! Singapore that "crisis calls" are those made by callers who are in some form of distress. "These callers may or may not be experiencing suicidal thoughts but they are usually in need of emotional support or help," she said, adding that more males than females cal...

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