Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries is launching in the UK with the support of our new UK National Director, Corin Pilling, who joins us from Livability.


Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries is a Christian charity that prepares the Church to support mental wellness.
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 announce the launch of Sanctuary 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. 

“Sanctuary offers training, tools, and resources to equip the Church to be a sanctuary for all people, at all stages of their mental wellness journeys.”


Corin is joining the Sanctuary Team as our National Director in the UK. He is based in London and will be 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. 


Deeply Rooted: A Wellbeing Resource for Leaders during Coronavirus is designed to allow you to reflect on self-care in the midst of a season that may feel overwhelming, exhausting, and isolating. There are many challenges to mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing right now. This resource will help you recognise the risk of burnout, invite you to connect with your experience, and encourage you to implement practical steps toward wellbeing.

Deeply Rooted can be read individually or used as a discussion guide with small groups. It can be completed at one time or in a series of sessions. Groups may elect to read the content in advance of (virtually) gathering in order to preserve greater time for the discussion questions; or they may read through the content together, engage with fewer questions, and then feed back on the process at a later date. Individuals may also benefit from going through this resource alone and utilising the discussion questions as prayer points or journal prompts. Please use it in whatever way is best for your context.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed new and significant pressure on churches and communities. Now more than ever, there is a need for people of faith to integrate mental health and wellbeing with robust theology and spiritual care. As an ambassador for Sanctuary, I am thrilled to see their work launch in the UK. In my estimation they are uniquely equipped to help the Church embrace all people at all stages of their mental health journeys. I can’t recommend them highly enough.”

Rev. Dr. John Swinton, Sanctuary Ambassador

Chair of Divinity at the University of Aberdeen, World-Renowned Practical Theologian, Author of Finding Jesus in the Storm