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Where faith & mental health meet

How can faith—and faith community—contribute to the recovery of people living with mental health problems? This is one of many questions that will be addressed in a new course starting this week and concluding on April 15 on Google Meet.

THE SANCTUARY COURSE: Exploring the Intersection of Faith and Mental Health

One in four people will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in their lives, yet the stigma surrounding mental illness silences many and prevents faith communities from responding compassionately and effectively. This eight-session course explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists.”

Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries

Sanctuary Course videos and participant materials can be found on A free account is needed to access. Just enter Near West Partner Parishes when registering.

Starting February 18 and concluding April 15, eight virtual sessions will be held on Google Meet on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm. We will not meet on Holy Thursday. To participate, contact Stephanie Pritts at