Sanctuary mental health

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6th June 2024
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I came across Sanctuary Mental Health on a podcast called Out of the Margins by NECN (National Estates Churches Network). Episode 8 Mental Health Support in Churches, Sara and Brendan talk to the director of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, Corin Pilling. Their discussion ranges from mental health support available in churches to warm banks and food banks to the challenges of churches being at the front line of these provisions.

The Sanctuary website contains extensive resources like “When a loved one dies of suicide”, and “Faith, grief and Covid-19”. They also run The Sanctuary Course, a study guide for small groups, designed to raise awareness and start conversations in local churches regarding mental health. 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.

So often in our church contexts we need information and resources around the subject of mental health (for ourselves and for others) and we don’t know where to turn. If you would like some inspiration and guidance, take a look at the Sanctuary website.

Resource Links

 Compassion Fatigue

National Estates Churches Network Podcast 

Sanctuary Mental Health 

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Theresa Jackson

Born and bred in London, Theresa is passionate about seeing the nation impacted by the gospel in word and action. Her calling to urban ministry saw Theresa moving from north to west London in 2012 to join an Eden Team in Ladbroke Grove, where she lived for the long-term seeing God impact lives. In 2022, Theresa completed a Masters in Missiology, where she awarded the Department of Theology, Religion & Philosophy Masters Graduation prize. As part of the Proximity team, Theresa is using her skills and passion to see the church step out even more in urban ministry to help co-ordinate the project.

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