Skip to comments.Church attendance linked with reduced suicide risk, especially for Catholics, study says
Posted on 06/11/2018 1:22:59 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
Against a grim backdrop of rising suicide rates among American women, new research has revealed a blinding shaft of light: One group of women practicing Catholics appears to have bucked the national trend toward despair and self-harm. Compared with women who never participated in religious services, women who attended any religious service once a week or more were five times less likely to commit suicide between 1996 and 2010, says a study published by JAMA Psychiatry. [snip] Among devout Catholic women those in the pews more than once a week suicides were a vanishing phenomenon. Among the 6,999 Catholic women who said they attended mass more than once a week, there was not a single suicide. The Catholic Church teaches that suicide is a mortal sin. It has long ...denied those who killed themselves a Catholic burial. [snip] Sigmund Freud, the father of psychiatry, denounced religious belief as the "universal obsessional neurosis of humanity." Much current research, however, has focused not only on the deep biological underpinnings of religiosity, but its potential benefits as well. "Religious convictions and practices can help people foster a sense of hope, even in the midst of major crises or adversities," said Kheriaty. "Religious faith can help people find a sense of meaning and purpose even in suffering," he added. "It's not our role to 'prescribe' religion
or proselytize to our patients," said Kheriaty. "It is safe to assume that religious conviction and faith must be genuine and sincere if they are to provide the mental and physical health benefits that several studies have suggested." But if patients are inclined to explore religion or spirituality, said Kheriaty, "doctors can encourage patients to explore such activities confident that religious practices will likely not harm, and may indeed, help, their patient's mental health.
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People who have faith are less likely to kill themselves or others? Who would have thought?
Gee, imagine that?
obama hasn’t attended any church service yet he’s still walking...
If you are assisting at Mass more than once a week you more than likely going to confession on a regular basis which besides the obvious spiritual benefit to your soul is wonderful for your mental and emotional health too.
Possibly of interest
Christianity is a cure for anomie.
The soulless philosophies of atheism and secular humanism are utterly devoid of hope and that’s why so many of their adherents seek the abyss.
Hope is found at the foot of the Cross.
So being Catholic is probably a good way of not being Arkancided.
And what school shootings? Far more happen in public schools, not so much in Catholic schools...
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. 2Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 4But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. 5I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. 6My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. 7Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. 8And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Must be true. I’ve attended church regularly since 1985 and have never committed suicide.
". . . He will reveal himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings which they shall pass through in His fellowship, and, as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience Who He is." Albert Schweitzer, 'The Quest for the Historical Jesus'
Even if it's only someone to talk and discuss your problems and issues with it helps but those who attend, pun intended, religiously also know that their church members will try to help in any way they can.
It can make a big difference if you know that someone knows what you're going through, cares about you, and are trying to help.
It’s also likely that those prone to suicide are more likely to quit going to church as opposed to quitting church tends to lend itself to more suicide.
Funny, my non-Catholic friends tell me "It isn't necessary to tell your sins to a priest.." yada yada yada.
Too bad! They have never experienced the power of the confessional. It can be sometimes felt as a humbling task, true, and it is not always the easiest thing to do, but it really does work amazing wonders for the mind and the soul, doesn't it?
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The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
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of all things visible and invisible.
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God from God, Light from Light,
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1. I am the LORD your God. You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not murder.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
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10.You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.
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5. Anointing of the sick.
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The Precepts of the Catholic Church:
1. You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.
2. You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
3. You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.
4. You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
5. You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.
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7. To bury the dead.
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2. To instruct the ignorant.
3. To counsel the doubtful.
4. To comfort the sorrowful.
5. To bear wrongs patiently.
6. To forgive all injuries.
7. To pray for the living and the dead.
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