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Sanctuary 246Together Again app launched to help ease mental health worries

From news from Sanctuary UK

As the UK comes out of COVID-19 restrictions this summer, a new app is available to help colleagues, families, groups of friends, and churches get back together.

The Sanctuary App features “Together Again” a conversation game to help people reconnect as we ease out of lockdown.

Together Again offers a series of questions and conversation prompts to help us talk through the challenges we’ve felt during the pandemic, the anxieties we may be feeling about society reopening, as well as our hopes for the future. The simple interface means it can be used with young and old.

Corin Pilling, Sanctuary’s UK Director said, “Finding ways to name our experiences has often been challenging this year—yet it’s a vital skill for the mental health of our communities. Whether a gentle check-in with each other or a more reflective conversation around faith and wellbeing, we’ve developed Together Again to help build connection as we navigate the next stage of life together.

"We hope it will inspire both light moments—and deeper ones, too. It offers a chance to explore the positives without shying away from the difficulties we’ve experienced."

Examples of questions that are generated to start a conversation are; "What activity restores your soul or brings you joy?" and "Name one thing you don't want to forget from last year.''

Corin continues, "Try it out on long summer walks, around a meal, on a picnic, at a rainy beach-front shelter, or whenever you meet with others. All it needs is two people or more who are up for a conversation. You may be surprised at what needs to be heard or said.”

The app also contains other information, including organisations offering emergency mental health support and links to all of Sanctuary’s mental health resources for churches and groups.

The Sanctuary App is live now and will have further features and content added in the coming months. It can be downloaded from all the usual outlets and is available free:

Apple Store link

Play Store link

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From news from Sanctuary UK, 25/07/2021

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