Posted: Apr 19, 2010 7:31 pm
I don't think there's much value in analyzing pure statistics in mental illness between the religious and the non-religious. Since much of what we define as mental illness is based on what we consider normal it's hard to compare two groups which have a fundamentally different understanding of what reality is. Even in defining mental illness I think you would find a difference between the two groups and I would suspect a person who's reality is based on reason would be more likely to seek/admit to a diagnose of mental illness where as a religious person might just blame their feelings on not being right with God or whatnot. Suicide is a particularly bad indicator because of how religious people may view it versus non-religious people. Both in whether a person attempts suicide and whether or not it's reported as such can be drastically affected by religiosity without any bearing on the persons mental well being.