2023 Lent Newsletter Excerpt

The Sanctuary Course

Equipping the church to support mental health and well being.

Informed and empathetic conversations about mental health and mental health challenges can transform communities of faith. The Sanctuary Course is an eight-week study guide for churches and small groups who want to learn about mental health and start their own conversations. Each session examines a key mental health topic, and the accompanying films feature insights from mental health professionals, church leaders, and theologians.

The Sanctuary Course is a resource designed to engage communities of faith in vital conversations about mental health and mental health challenges. Come and learn about important topics such as stigma, recovery, companionship, and self-care. This course requires no prior mental health training or expertise; it is for anyone interested in starting the faith and mental health conversation.

Statistics show that one in four people will be affected by a mental health challenge at some point in their lives, yet the stigma surrounding these experiences often prevents faith communities from responding compassionately and effectively.

How can a church become a sanctuary — a place where individuals living with mental health challenges feel safe, supported, and a sense of belonging? The Sanctuary Course was created to inspire and equip communities of faith that are asking this important question.

Interested in learning more about The Sanctuary Course? Watch the video below.