In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (6/29, Healy) reports, “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,” research published online June 29 in JAMA Psychiatry suggests. The effect was particularly evident among Catholics. In fact, “among the 6,999 Catholic women who said they attended mass more than once a week, there was not a single suicide.”
HealthDay (6/29, Preidt) reports that researchers arrived at these conclusions after analyzing “data on nearly 90,000 women” who were “enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study from 1996 to 2010.”
— “Church attendance linked with reduced suicide risk, especially for Catholics, study says,” Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2016.