EQUIPPING THE CHURCH TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

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VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS GALA

DECEMBER 1, 2022 | 7:00-8:00PM PST

Join us online for Sanctuary's third annual virtual Christmas Gala. We’ll be streaming live on YouTube from the Fluevog Shoestore in Vancouver. Put on your snazziest shoes and a gala-ready outfit as we celebrate with the theme Good for the Soul Sole. It will be an evening of celebration and encouragement you don't want to miss!

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The Sanctuary Course was created to equip churches as they seek to become sanctuaries where individuals with mental health challenges feel safe, supported, and a sense of belonging. Each session explores key mental health topics, drawing upon the insights of mental health professionals, church leaders, and people with lived experience.

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This eight-session course explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists.

The Sanctuary Course for Catholics and The Sanctuary Course para Católicos (Español) are available for free on our online resource portal.

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This eight-session course explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists.

The Sanctuary Course for Catholics is available on our website and through partner distributors, and The Sanctuary Course para Católicos (Español) is available on FORMED.

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WHEN A LOVED ONE DIES BY SUICIDE

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Sanctuary's newest resource, When A Loved One Dies By Suicide, is series of eight films designed for use in grief support groups, created by and for Catholics who have experienced suicide loss. Others may also find it helpful and informative as mental health challenges and suicide impact many people. Listening to these stories of loss can help us extend empathy, compassion, and loving service to those who are grieving. 

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We are thrilled to have Archbishop Justin as Sanctuary’s first patron. His openness about his personal experiences with mental health challenges displays the type of leadership needed in the Church. Furthermore, his commitment to ecumenism mirrors our passion for serving the whole body of Christ.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, making him a prominent figure in the worldwide Anglican Church. As patron, he’ll lend his profile and support to Sanctuary as part of an ongoing relationship to raise awareness about our work, especially in the UK.

“Mental and emotional wellbeing is key to human flourishing—and at the heart of God’s desire for each one of us. Many of us will encounter challenges in our mental health over the course of our lives, and it is vital that the Church is equipped with the tools to respond effectively and with compassion.”The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury