Foundational Programs for Parishes

The Sanctuary Course for Catholics

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—designed for use in small groups—explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics.

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About the Sanctuary Course

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. The course also includes a Leader’s Guide, Participant’s Guide, and additional educational and spiritual resources.

-Eight sessions (available as a coursebook or audiobook)
- Eight films
- Interactive discussion questions and group exercises
- Prayers and reflections
- Comprehensive leader and participant guides

Learn more about this course and Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries at www.sanctuarymentalhealth.org/catholics/

More resources related to this course, including transcripts and promotional materials, can be found here.

Warning: This course and films address difficult and sensitive topics, and may not be appropriate for a young audience. Parental guidance is advised.

These films capture the experiences of individuals in their own words; the views and opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not always represent the views of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, FORMED, or the Augustine Institute.

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