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Category Archives for "Depression"

5 Ways to Beat a Mental Funk
Oct 20

5 Ways to Beat a Mental Funk

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , Depression , Mental Health , self-care , Self-help , stress management

This morning, I was texting with a dear pastor friend of mine, who said this time of year is usually difficult for him, mentally. The strange thing is, my best friend and I have said the same thing for YEARS. August through October usually does something really weird to my mental health and sends me […]

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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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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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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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Worthy and Unashamed: Facing Mental Health Stigma in the Church Head-On
Jul 28

Guest Blog – Worthy and Unashamed: Facing Mental Health Stigma in the Church Head-On

By Guest Blogger | Anxiety , Depression , faith , guest post , Mental Health , Religious Recovery , self-esteem , The Struggle With Church

Unworthy.  It’s a word that I often use to describe myself….in my own head.  You see, I’m a Christian who has mental health issues. I have struggled with panic attacks, anxiety and depression for over 20 years. I’m also a licensed mental health counselor, college professor, worship leader, entrepreneur, wife, and mom.  If you were […]

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It's depression, not demon possession.
Jul 21

Guest blog: It’s Depression, Not Demon Possession

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

Joy sat at the table, her eyes big and watery. “You know, my depression has been going on for a while, but my husband doesn’t believe me when I say I’m depressed. Instead, he took me to our pastor and asked him to cast out the demon inside me.” Photo by Ben White on Unsplash […]

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The spiritual hero who was depressed and desperate.
Jun 12

VIDEO: The spiritual hero who was depressed and desperate

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Bible study , Depression , faith , Mental Health , Spirituality , Videos

Who comes to mind when you think of a hero? Spider-Man? Superman? Wonder Woman? Abraham Lincoln? Martin Luther King? Mother Theresa?​A hero is defined as a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.So naturally, when I think of a spiritual hero, my first thought is the Old Testament story […]

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Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety
Apr 22

Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Depression , faith , Mental Health

“The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass.” -Mark 4:39 This morning, anxiety slapped me in the face before I even opened my eyes. Like a glass of freezing water, it jolted me from restful sleep. What a bully. There are times when I feel such shame because the anxiety persists. Sometimes, I […]

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Children and Suicide: What You Can Do
Mar 12

Suicide and Children: What You Can Do

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Depression , Mental Health , Parenting , Recovery from a Suicid...

“I have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” -James Baldwin​My Little Girl Doesn’t Really Want to Hang Herself, Right?A friend of mine was tidying up her little girl’s bedroom when she noticed tiny pieces of paper torn and lying in a pile near the […]

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