Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) profile of the borough

Faith and religion

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) identifies key issues affecting the health and wellbeing of our residents, both now and in the future.

Rochdale borough residents practice a range of different religions. The most common religions in the borough are Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism. 

In the 2011 Census, over 75 per cent of Rochdale borough residents said they've religious beliefs. It’s therefore important for us to consider the religions in the borough when deciding the health and wellbeing services we provide.

Why faith and religion impact our health

Religious beliefs often influence a person's health and wellbeing. Studies show religion usually positively affects physical and mental health by:

  • Encouraging positive lifestyle behaviours
  • Offering resources to cope with stress
  • Giving a sense of community spirit
  • Offering a support network

However, in some circumstances religion can negatively impact health, for example, some religions don't allow certain medical treatments or procedures.

Statistics on faith and religion