Get me to the church on time

Published May 7, 2020

“Deaths of despair” are on the rise in the U.S., and here’s an interesting way to cut them: Go to church, synagogue, mosque, or temple once a week.

People who attended religious services at least once a week were significantly less likely to die from “deaths of despair,” including deaths related to suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol poisoning.

How does it work?

[R]eligion may be associated with strengthened psychosocial resilience by fostering a sense of peace and positive outlook, and promoting social connectedness.

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