The Canadian Mental Health Association’s web site states that “In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.” This fall, we will be offering a course called “Sanctuary” to help participants to have a better grasp of mental health so we can have a healthier view within our own lives as well the lives of individuals dealing with mental health problems.
Over the course of the eight weeks, we will explore topics such as:
• Understanding mental health and illness
• Challenging stigma
• The recovery journey
• The role of community in mental health recovery
Each topic is explored from a psychological, social, and theological perspective. Additionally, each session is accompanied by a compelling film featuring the story of an individual who has journeyed through mental health challenges as a person of faith.
We will read through the content aloud or listen to it on audiobook, watch a film, and engage in conversation, reflection, and prayer.
The course is designed to raise awareness and start conversations in local churches regarding mental health and 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.
Watch the trailer below for a glimpse into what to expect.