The Sanctuary Course

The Sanctuary Course is a study guide for small groups, designed to raise awareness and start conversations in local churches regarding mental health. Over the course of eight sessions, participants will:

  • explore the intersection of faith and mental health,
  • expand their understanding of mental health and mental illness,
  • examine the effects of stigma,
  • define the principles and processes of recovery,
  • reflect on the importance of companionship,
  • learn about self-care,
  • discuss next steps for their community.


The sessions include informative reading, discussion questions, reflection exercises, and prayers. Compelling films featuring people of faith who have journeyed through mental health challenges accompany each session.

In addition to the coursebook and films, this subscription includes access to facilitator and participant guides, an audiobook version of the course, and resources and best practices for hosting online meetings. Facilitating or participating in The Sanctuary Course requires no previous mental health training or expertise; it is for anyone who wants to learn more about faith and mental health.