Religion may be good for the soul, but there's now evidence it's good for a healthy mind, too.
A study by researchers in Canada has discovered that regular attendance at religious services can provide "significant protection against depression" — with the incidence of clinical depression dropping by 22% among those who regularly attend church.
Marilyn Baetz, head of the department of psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan and a co-author of the study, which tracked 12,000 Canadians over 14 years, said she's a little puzzled as to why regular religious attendance helps so much. "The feeling is that if you belong to a religious organization, what you are really getting is just social support, nothing else," Baetz said. "But it would appear it is something over and above that."