OUR NEW PATRON: JUSTIN WELBY, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

Our new patron: Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

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INTRODUCING SANCTUARY'S NEW PATRON

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. As patron, he’ll lend his profile and support to Sanctuary as part of an ongoing relationship to raise awareness about our work in the UK and around the world. We look forward to working together to equip the whole Church to support mental health and wellbeing. 

“Sanctuary’s resources are particularly needed as we recover from the impact of the pandemic. The experiences of people living with mental health challenges shape Sanctuary’s work, and is underpinned by thorough research and theology. I am delighted to become a patron of this innovative organisation, and I would encourage Christians to seek out The Sanctuary Course and run it in their community.’’ – The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

INTRODUCING SANCTUARY'S NEW PATRON

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. As patron, he’ll lend his profile and support to Sanctuary as part of an ongoing relationship to raise awareness about our work in the UK and around the world. We look forward to working together to equip the whole Church to support mental health and wellbeing. 

“Sanctuary’s resources are particularly needed as we recover from the impact of the pandemic. The experiences of people living with mental health challenges shape Sanctuary’s work, and is underpinned by thorough research and theology. I am delighted to become a patron of this innovative organisation, and I would encourage Christians to seek out The Sanctuary Course and run it in their community.’’

– The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

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The Sanctuary Course is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. It requires no previous training or expertise—just a willingness to engage in dialogue with other believers. The course is an eight-week study guide for small groups. Each week participants gather together, read through the content out loud, watch a film, and engage in conversation, reflection, and prayer. The course is designed to be run by small group leaders in your church or organization.

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The Church is called to be a sanctuary for all people, at all stages of their mental wellness journeys. This eight-week course is designed for small groups and explores mental health from psychological, social, and theological perspectives using films and discussion guides.

THE SANCTUARY APP: TOGETHER AGAIN

Our newest resource for the UK is the Sanctuary app, featuring Together Again—a game to open conversations about wellbeing and faith.

Throughout lockdown, checking on each others’ wellbeing has been an important part of life together. Together Again continues this conversation as we move into a new season, generating questions to help us explore the challenges of the year, as well as the lighter moments. These questions are designed to help us connect with each other and pace our recovery. Discover a simple way to keep the wellbeing conversation alive in our faith communities and beyond with Together Again.

In the app you’ll find:

  • Together Again, a conversation-starting game
  • Links to emergency mental health support
  • Access to a suite of free Sanctuary resources to support faith and mental health
  • Ways to take the conversation further with The Sanctuary Course 

Download the app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play store using the links below, and be sure to share with your friends!

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ABOUT SANCTUARY UK

“Sanctuary resources prepare communities of faith around the world to raise awareness, reduce stigma, support mental health, and promote mental wellbeing.”

Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries is a Christian charity that equips the Church to support mental health and wellbeing.
 
Having formed a number of fruitful partnerships with UK organisations working in the intersection of mental wellbeing and faith over the last two years, we are excited to now have a branch of Sanctuary operating in the UK. Our plan is to complement the ongoing work in the UK to grow healthier communities.
 
Sanctuary was founded in Canada in 2012. The primary tool we offer, The Sanctuary Course, launched in 2018 and has been used in churches across the world. This eight-session course for small groups explores mental health from psychological, social, and theological perspectives. The course includes discussion guides, and films featuring psychologists and theologians as well as people who share their lived experiences with mental health challenges. 

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CORIN PILLING, UK NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Corin is the National Director of Sanctuary UK. He is based in London and is working to connect with charities, non-profits, and churches across the UK to form partnerships, collaborate in the intersection of mental health and faith, and bring resources like The Sanctuary Course to help meet the needs of churches and communities. 

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