This study doesn’t seem to deal at all with one’s actual belief or dis-belief in a God. It’s focus seems to be about church attendance.
There are a lot of atheists who go to church, and a lot of theists who do not.
Um, they are weekly church-goers. They most likely believe in Jesus! And if there truly are lots of atheists being dragged to church by their spouses, perhaps they also get the benefit of lower suicide rates.
In fact, the study points out that:
Self-identified Catholics who never attended mass committed suicide nearly as often as did women of any religion who were not active worshipers.
As the article said, there is something about going to mass that discourages suicide.
And suggests that the reason churchgoers may commit less suicide is because of the social aspect of getting together regularly with others…because church services provides the same as other group get-togethers:*“…a form of meaningful social participation” that buffers women against loneliness and isolation — both factors that are strongly implicated in depression and suicide. *
Belief in God combined with belonging to a church community is good medicine when life gets you down. It give you hope, something to hold on to. If you don’t have that, why not off yourself?
So the study is by no means is saying that atheists commit suicide more than theists.
It doesn’t mention atheism specifically. It says regular church-goers are more resistant to suicide than the general populace who are not regular church-goers. That is proof to me that there is something beneficial about religion, which is a truth that militant (angry) atheists consistently deny.