Why going to church is good for your mental health

Many perks accompany engaging with members of a congregation. They include better support systems, personal encouragement, group prayer, access to financial help, and a reminder that there is a hope far greater than our tired and discouraged selves.

Indianapolis-based psychotherapist Priscilla Johnson, who considers herself “spiritual but not religious” and does not attend church regularly, counsels her patients dealing with depression to consider seeking out a faith community to help them.

“I’ve witnessed firsthand the value of faith community in mental health treatment with my patients,” Johnson said. “It can address some of the basic human needs, like belongingness, purpose and sense of security.”