This article is based upon a qualitative doctoral study about the role, if any, of spirituality in the lives of mental health service users, and how the subject is engaged with mental health social workers in Northern Ireland (NI). One-to-one interviews with twelve mental health service users and twelve mental health social workers were conducted with participants invited to bring an object. The object was used to assist dialogue with participants regarding their experience of spirituality, and its application in practice. International research proposes that spirituality plays a supportive role for some people experiencing mental health problems. The acknowledgement of spirituality in mental health social work practice in NI is, however, challenging due to various factors. Of particular significance is NI’s history of violent political conflict, shaped in part by the contested role of religion in the creation of the NI state. This article considers how the selection, presence and absence of the object were used to support participants in exploring a subject that can be challenging to communicate. This article proposes the use of objects within mental health social work practice and research as useful aides to explore culturally sensitive and personal topics.