The Sanctuary Mental Health Blog

Welcome to The Sanctuary Blog, where we open up important conversations about mental health and faith, exploring the discomfort of real life experiences and giving them space to breathe. Our aim is to create a platform that closes the silent space where shame and confusion have thrived and instead makes room to do the important work of thinking well about mental health, theologically.

If you are interested in contributing to The Sanctuary Blog, please contact Isabel: isabel@sanctuarymentalhealth.org

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Walking In My Shoes

Content notes: Mention of suicidal ideation and eating disorders “If someone were to walk in your shoes, what would that be like? What are some

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locket on a book
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i carry your heart with me

While October is Mental Health Awareness Month at Sanctuary, it is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. If you have been touched by miscarriage,

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two people starting conversations about mental health
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Let’s Start Small

In a video interview about what a pandemic can teach us about the value of people, Sanctuary Ambassador Rev. Dr. John Swinton talks about how our value and worth

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view of coastal mountains and water
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Indigenous History Month

On May 27th, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were discovered in an unmarked grave on the grounds of the Kamloops (Tk’emlups) Residential School in

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protest against anti-Asian racism
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#StopAsianHate

As we move through Holy Week, we do so solemnly and with many reasons to lament.  In addition to grieving all of the losses associated

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Mental Health Awareness Month
Audio Resources

Mental Health Awareness Month

This month at Sanctuary, we’re doing something new. We’re going to spend the next few weeks promoting mental health awareness in easily-accessible and shareable ways,

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Rachael Newham: Joy In The Morning
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Letting Joy Take Root

Have you ever wondered why, in the Christian year, the greatest celebrations are preceded by mourning? Why the darkest hour comes before dawn? Why lessons

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Black Lives Matter
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Black Lives Matter

To our sisters and brothers in the Black community: We see you. We hear you. We are with you. Sanctuary’s mission is to equip the

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Examen Prayer for anxiety
Anxiety

An Invitation

In Philippians 4:6 Paul writes:  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to

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Anxiety

Prayers for this Season

PRAYERS FROM THE SANCTUARY TEAM One way of remaining grounded in hope and peace during anxious times is by continuing to pray. The team at

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Because We Hunkered Down

A POEM BY MALCOLM GUITE “Because We Hunkered Down” is from Malcolm Guite’s 2016 collection, Parable and Paradox, and is featured in The Sanctuary Course. As we hunker

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suffering and hope
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Suffering Hope

Those of us within the Christian faith have an exciting and important role to play in the nurturing and recovery of mental health. When people

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Words Matter

Blood rushed to my cheeks, and I felt the familiar heat of shame wash over me. As the words sank into the deepest part of

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Welcome to The Sanctuary Blog

Welcome to The Sanctuary Blog, where we open up important conversations about mental health and faith, exploring the discomfort of real life experiences and giving

Read More »
Blog

Walking In My Shoes

Content notes: Mention of suicidal ideation and eating disorders “If someone were to walk in your shoes, what would that be like? What are some

Read More »
locket on a book
Blog

i carry your heart with me

While October is Mental Health Awareness Month at Sanctuary, it is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. If you have been touched by miscarriage,

Read More »
two people starting conversations about mental health
Blog

Let’s Start Small

In a video interview about what a pandemic can teach us about the value of people, Sanctuary Ambassador Rev. Dr. John Swinton talks about how our value and worth

Read More »
view of coastal mountains and water
Blog

Indigenous History Month

On May 27th, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were discovered in an unmarked grave on the grounds of the Kamloops (Tk’emlups) Residential School in

Read More »
protest against anti-Asian racism
Blog

#StopAsianHate

As we move through Holy Week, we do so solemnly and with many reasons to lament.  In addition to grieving all of the losses associated

Read More »
Mental Health Awareness Month
Audio Resources

Mental Health Awareness Month

This month at Sanctuary, we’re doing something new. We’re going to spend the next few weeks promoting mental health awareness in easily-accessible and shareable ways,

Read More »
Rachael Newham: Joy In The Morning
Blog

Letting Joy Take Root

Have you ever wondered why, in the Christian year, the greatest celebrations are preceded by mourning? Why the darkest hour comes before dawn? Why lessons

Read More »
The purpose of The Sanctuary Blog is to raise awareness and start conversations about mental health in the Church. Consequently, The Sanctuary Blog is intended for informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical or mental health advice. If you feel you may need medical or mental health advice, please consult a qualified healthcare professional.