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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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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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the velveteen rabbit, impossible magic, and authentic faith
Aug 04

GUEST POST: The Velveteen Rabbit, Impossible Magic, and Finding Authentic Faith

By Steve Austin | faith , Spirituality

”Deconstruction” has been a difficult concept for me to accept as a personal experience. Not because I’ve never questioned my faith and morality and worldview, nor am I disinterested in other’s journeys. And it’s not only because “deconstruction” as a thing has totally jumped the shark. What I struggle to accept is that someone once was not asking […]

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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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When you can't erase your childhood religion.
Jul 07

Guest Post: When You Can’t Erase Your Childhood Religion

By Guest Blogger | faith , guest post , Millennials , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

In Search of WholenessI’ve heard that, as newborns, one of the very first emotions we feel is a sense of abandonment. Your whole life up to that point has been spent in a warm, safe space where you are literally connected to another person. The very next thing you experience is being forcibly removed from […]

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Jesus meant it when he said,
Jul 02

Jesus meant it when he said “Love your (political) enemies.”

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Current Events , faith , lgbtq , Messy Grace , Millennials , politics , Videos

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” – Thomas MertonPhoto by Heather Mount on UnsplashPolitics and FriendshipOne of my best friends and I disagree politically, and it makes our friendship stronger.This friend of mine — we’ve […]

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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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