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Exploring Grief: A Podcast Series (with Brandon Carleton)
Sep 18

Exploring Grief: A Podcast Series (with Brandon Carleton)

By Guest Blogger | Mental Health , podcast , self-care , Self-help , stress management

This is the paradox about suffering: The more we try to avoid it, the more painful it becomes.Image by PublicDomainPictures from PixabayFrom Brandon Carleton:The more we welcome suffering into our lives, the easier it is to begin to heal. This is not to say that accepting it makes our suffering easy, our suffering is far […]

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It's Time for the Church to Confront Mental Health
Sep 17

It’s Time for the Church to Confront Mental Health (via USA Today)

By Steve Austin | faith , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid...

​After the suicide Monday of Jarrid Wilson, a well-known pastor in the evangelical community, Christian leaders across the country are grappling with how to address and help believers struggling with depression and anxiety – including when those struggling are the ones leading the church.Jarrid Wilson, an associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship who founded the […]

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Suicide: Let's Talk about It (Podcast)
Sep 17

Suicide: Let’s Talk about It (podcast)

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Depression , faith , Mental Health , podcast

​It’s always an honor to share my story with a new audience. This podcast interview came as a result of the tragic loss of Pastor Jarrid Wilson to suicide. I’m deeply grateful to Brandy for allowing me to share some hope and practical tips for those living at the intersection of faith and mental health. Here’s […]

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Sep 16

Pastors and Suicide: What You Need to Know

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , podcast

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hqcg5-bfb176 Welcome to Catching Your Breath: The Podcast. Following the recent death of Pastor Jarrid Wilson by suicide, in Episode 31, Steve shares several recent articles and thoughts on pastors and suicide. Articles: USA Today: Jarrid Wilson’s Suicide Forces Church to Confront Mental Illness I was a pastor with a broken brain. Pastor’s and Suicide: […]

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Pastors and Suicide: How Do We Keep this From Happening Again?
Sep 14

Pastors and Suicide: How Do We Keep this From Happening Again?

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Depression , faith , Mental Health

With Pastor Jarrid Wilson’s death by suicide, questions and comments have flooded my email and social media inboxes. Here’s one example, “I’m scared. Because there are people that I love who struggle with thoughts of suicide, and I don’t know what sets them apart from the Jarrid’s and the Andrew [Stoecklein]’s and the Amy [Bleuel]’s.”I […]

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Podcast: When You Feel Like You Can't Go On (with Steve Austin)
Sep 11

Podcast: When You Feel Like You Can’t Go On

By Steve Austin | Mental Health , podcast , Recovery from a Suicid... , Spirituality

Image by Marta Matyjas from PixabayIn the wake of the passing of Christian pastor and author Jarrid Wilson by suicide at age 30, my friend Jason Elam (host of the Messy Spirituality Podcast) reached out to me to share my story of nearly dying by suicide, and my journey back to life. With the Wilson family’s […]

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7 Lessons I've Learned Since Nearly Dying by Suicide
Sep 07

Suicide Survivors: 7 Things to do the Day After You Leave the Psych Ward

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Depression , faith , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid... , Self-help

“Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.”- Maggie Kuhn​​It was late September, 2012. My eyes squinted shut as the nurse wheeled me out the front doors of the psych ward and helped me into the car. This was the first time I’d seen the sun in more than a week.”Good luck, Mr. Austin. Take […]

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Living with Depression and Anxiety: 7 Coping Strategies that Work (by Steve Austin)
Sep 03

Living with Depression & Anxiety: 7 Coping Strategies that Work (e-book)

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Depression , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid... , Self-help

​Depression and anxiety are very real illnesses that can take over your life when undiagnosed and/or untreated. I know because I’ve been there.LIVING WITH DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY: 7 COPING STRATEGIES THAT WORKI was 29-years-old, a husband, father, and pastor when I nearly died by suicide. The depression and anxiety were crippling, but I had never […]

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Sep 02

Exploring Grief: Finding Your New Normal

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , podcast

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-cbfy5-bde9b0 In the final episode of this “Exploring Grief” series, we talk with Scott Watkins who is a hospice chaplain. We ask Scott what life might look like a few years into the grieving process. We also read a Ute poem that can serve as mantra for us as we move forward in the grieving […]

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Sep 02

Exploring Grief: Finding Expression for Your Grief

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , podcast

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-c9bb4-bde98d In episode 3 of Exploring Grief, we examine a letter written by Ram Dass to Steve and Anita who are grieving the loss of their daughter Rachel. This letter has become a resource for many who find themselves grieving. It’s full of wisdom and grace, let’s see what it has for us!   Ram […]

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