Spirituality

A sense of belonging and being part of a community can be very important to an individual and their family.

For many people, spiritual and religious beliefs can add to their sense of comfort, identity, cultural awareness and community involvement. Faith communities can offer a network of support, particularly at times of crisis; such communities can also offer 'a friendly face'; and provide an important role for somebody managing their schizophrenia.

Churches and other houses of worship can provide a supportive environment to talk about a situation, reducing any feelings of isolation, fear and discrimination. However, there may be times when an individual's psychotic symptoms lead them to believe in a more significant, and sometimes distressing, spiritual relationship. Symptoms such as hearing voices and religious delusions may be identified as spiritual experiences, and can lead to some individuals being vulnerable to some religious groups.