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The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe

Sanctuary Mental Health Course

Sanctuary Mental Health Course

Every Thursday, from 01/19/2023 to 03/23/2023, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: Convocation Zoom Meeting, https://tec-europe.zoom.us/, 10010

Coordinator: Rev. Dr Alison Gray

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The Sanctuary course is an opportunity to learn more about mental health and illness from experts by experience and experts by training. Mental health is considered from biological, social, psychological and spiritual angles, with an emphasis on how the church can help.

The course comprises 8 sessions, each with a high-quality video introducing one person's story, and reflections on this by other experts. We then discuss the video input in small groups, reflect on the theological implications and contemplate a piece of art relevant to the topic of the week, which are: mental health, mental illness, stigma, recovery, companionship, care-giving, self-care, and reflection. The course is in English, if there are enough people who wish there could be small group discussions in other languages- providing that people offer to facilitate such groups.

The course builds on previous weeks learning, so you will need to be able to commit to attending almost every week. There is no formal preparation or homework, but there is material provided should you wish to study further.

This is not a therapy group, it is intended to be suitable for those with lived experience of mental illness or caring for those with mental illness, but is not appropriate for those who are currently struggling or in crisis.

Further registration, details, questions, or to offer to facilitate a small group, please contact The Revd. Dr Alison J Gray, at