The literature on psychosis and schizophrenia has tended to take a burden perspective, positioning the person with the diagnosis as being cared for, rather than being able to contribute to their family. A few studies have suggested that people with this diagnosis do contribute to their families. None have explored how this process takes place. This research aims to explore how people with psychosis contribute to their family and what factors help and hinder this. Six individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and six relatives were interviewed and data was analysed using grounded theory. The emergent theory suggests that people with psychosis do contribute positively to their family. The process is shaped by individual, familial and societal factors and relies on the availability of an opportunity to contribute. The psychological rewards of contributing for both family and individuals suggest this is a process worth facilitating and using therapeutically in clinical work.