Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 332–341 | Cite as

Religion and Suicide

  • Robin E. GearingEmail author
  • Dana Lizardi
Original Paper


Religion impacts suicidality. One’s degree of religiosity can potentially serve as a protective factor against suicidal behavior. To accurately assess risk of suicide, it is imperative to understand the role of religion in suicidality. PsycINFO and MEDLINE databases were searched for published articles on religion and suicide between 1980 and 2008. Epidemiological data on suicidality across four religions, and the influence of religion on suicidality are presented. Practice guidelines are presented for incorporating religiosity into suicide risk assessment. Suicide rates and risk and protective factors for suicide vary across religions. It is essential to assess for degree of religious commitment and involvement to accurately identify suicide risk.


Religion Suicide Judaism Christianity Hinduism Islam 


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  1. 1.Columbia University, School of Social WorkNew YorkUSA

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