Regular church attendance aids mental health among millennials

Mon 21 Oct 2019
By Heather Preston

A new study has revealed that young adults who regularly attend church have better mental health than those who don't.

A survey conducted by the Barna Group of 15,000 18-35 year olds found that those who weekly attended a place of worship were 10% less likely to struggle with anxiety than those who did not.

The Connected Generation study, examined the relationship between faith and mental health in millennials and generation Z across 25 different countries.

 

 

The research published by Christian humanitarian charity World Vision revealed that Christians felt less lonely and isolated and more secure in their identity than those without a faith.

World Vision's senior lead for church engagement, Ruth Tormey told Premier the church provides young people with more than just a stable community.

"It is knowing that Jesus chose them, from the moment they were conceived he knew every hair on their head," she said.

"It's knowing that love, that deep and meaningful love that can only come through a relationship with Jesus."

According to the data, practising Christians have a more positive outlook on life with 51% of those surveyed saying they feel "optimistic about the future" compared with just 34% of those who said they did not have a faith.

Tormey said a hope in God helps people to cope with the uncertainties of life as they can trust "he has plans to prosper us and not to hurt us" and encouraged the Church to prioritise its engagement with young adults and take every opportunity to share the "light and hope" of the gospel with an increasingly anxious society.

"It is absolutely vital for the mental health and well-being of this generation that churches are there to support young people and more than that to show them that they are loved by God."

 

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