Tragedy of kind caretaker.


Tragedy of kind caretaker.

John Anderson 56 tragically took his own life as he faced mounting gambling debts an inquest at Cleethorpes Town Hall heard. He was found by builders who were working at Kirmington Street Helena’s Church of England Primary School during a school holiday.

It is believed he had spent tens of thousands of pounds of a lump sum pension on gambling after he had developed an addiction to fruit machines. He has been described as the most amazing family man and the family encourages anybody who is struggling with mental health difficulties to reach out to their family and friends and seek support. He had worked in mines and later on North Sea Rigs and after he took his pension from his mining career he went to work at St Helena’s school and it was thought his only concern was work-related.

But since his death, it came to light that he had a gambling habit using some tens of thousands of pounds and credit card debt.

Treatment and support groups for people who want to stop gambling.

GAMECARE.  offers free information, support, and counselling for problem gamblers in the UK. It runs the National Gambling Helpline (0808 8020 133) and also offers face to face counselling.

NATIONAL PROBLEM GAMBLING CLINIC. If you live in England or Wales are aged 16 or over and have complex problems related to gambling you can refer yourself to this NHS clinic for problem gamblers call 020 7381 7722 leaving a contact number to see if you meet the criteria.

Alternatively if you or someone you know needs help or is distressed contact Samaritans on 116123 or by email.

For help on mental health issues or support for families and friends visit the charity Mind. In North East Lincolnshire you can contact Open Minds Services for help.


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