Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries

Seattle, WA   |

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Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries

EIN: 87-3735624


Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries equips the Church to support mental health and wellbeing. We provide resources that meaningfully engage the topics of faith and mental health. Our content is developed in collaboration with theologians, psychologists, and people with lived experience of mental health challenges. These resources prepare communities of faith around the world to raise awareness, reduce stigma, support mental health, and promote mental wellbeing.

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Daniel Whitehead

Main address

PO Box 30813

Seattle, WA 98113 USA

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Subject area info

Mental health care

Psychology and behavioral science

Film and video



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NTEE code info

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.



Programs and results

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Our programs

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The Sanctuary Course

The Sanctuary Course equips churches as they seek to become sanctuaries where people with mental health challenges feel safe, supported, and a sense of belonging. Designed as a study guide for small groups, the course offers participants the opportunity to redefine their understanding of mental health, learn about various experiences of mental illness, consider the impact of stigma, explore the process of recovery, discover the importance of companionship, reflect on the experience of caregiving, and examine self-care practices. Each session is accompanied by a compelling film that features the story of a Christian with lived experience of a mental health challenge, along with the insights of church leaders, theologians, and mental health professionals.

Population(s) Served

How can a church become a sanctuary—a place where individuals living with mental health challenges feel safe, supported, and a sense of belonging? The Sanctuary Course for Catholics was created to inspire and equip communities of faith that are asking this important question. Developed in consultation with mental health professionals, theologians, and people with lived experience, this eight-session study guide explores key mental health topics and examines meaningful ways to offer companionship, support recovery, and promote wellbeing. The Sanctuary Course for Catholics is also available in Spanish.

Population(s) Served

"Faith, Grief, and COVID-19: A Conversation" is a resource that addresses the questions so many of us are facing during this pandemic: How do we understand and process grief as people of faith? How can we support vulnerable and grieving members of our community while practicing physical distancing? Where can we find hope and joy in this season?

Four short films feature insights from a panel of experts with knowledge and experience in the fields of counseling, psychology, theology, and palliative care. Topics addressed include:
- the complex and dynamic nature of grief in this season,
- the presence of grief and lament in Scripture,
- the role that culture and faith play in shaping our experiences of grief,
- the importance of empathy and hospitality in the grieving process,
- practical ways to support those who are grieving.

The films are accompanied by a discussion guide with questions, reflections, and prayers—ideal for use in small groups.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Regent College (Formal Partnership) 2021

Our results

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Number of website sessions

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Direction of Success


Number of list subscribers

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Population(s) Served

Christians, People with psychosocial disabilities, At-risk youth

Related Program

The Sanctuary Course

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Subscribers to our email lists (General, Catholic, Monthly Donor) regarding the intersection of faith and mental health.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Daniel Whitehead

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Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2024
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Board chair

Garrett Thiessen

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/16/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.