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Gambling problems

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Dear Heriot-Watt University,

Please can you tell me how many students - in the past three years - your university has:

i) treated for depression/anxiety caused by gambling addiction;

ii) encountered with financial problems caused by gambling debts.

Thank you.
Yours faithfully,

John Cairns

Freedom Of Information,, Heriot-Watt University

Dear applicant

 

Thank you for you information request dated the 24th June 2019 regarding
student gambling problems.  Your request has been handled by our country's
own legislation: the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

 

In response to your first question, this information had been readily
available on this website last year in response to a similar request, but
it has subsequently been removed (not by us).  I am afraid we do not  make
a distinction within the addiction issues category for summarising the
presenting issues within the counselling service statistics we report and
so this information is exempt from release under the Section 17 of the Act
(FOISA). We have though been advised by our Counselling colleagues that
anecdotally there may be less than 5 students per year who present with
gambling as their main reason for seeking support.  Support is provided as
outlined on our student wellbeing website.  Our counsellors would also
refer patients to Gamblers Anonymous.

 

In response to your second question, our systems do not break down to
information to the level required and so this information is exempt from
release under Section17 of FOISA.

 

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