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Sanctuary 1 246Mental Health - helping churches respond to growing challenges in our communities

From Sanctuary UK

Sanctuary UK have released a course to support churches in their response to growing mental health challenges in our communities. Created during the pandemic, this free course helps churches explore mental health together from a faith perspective.

It is easy to run and access. The film-based resource consists of 8 sessions and includes expert insights from mental health professionals and theologians. Each session centres on real-life experiences of people living with mental health challenges from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The Sanctuary course offers a tangible way for churches to engage in a topic often viewed as complex in an informed and helpful way. The aim of The Sanctuary Course is to help churches grow as safe, welcoming communities, prepared to support those who face mental health challenges.

Sanctuary’s UK patron, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says: “I am delighted that The Sanctuary Course is helping churches start conversations about mental health and reduce the ridiculous stigma attached to illness. We must all get better at talking about this.”

Corin Pilling, UK Director of Sanctuary said: “We recognise that church leaders, like the rest of us, are exhausted by the pressures of the last few years, and many are at capacity in terms of what they can do. The Sanctuary Course doesn’t require existing knowledge of mental health issues, it doesn’t need you to create anything except space to start the conversation. This is greatly needed as we rebuild our lives together, post- pandemic."

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From Sanctuary UK, 13/07/2022

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