Category Archives for "Mental Health"

Jan 23

Marriage and Mental Illness: 11 Tips

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Family , Marriage , Mental Health

My wife spent a week on a psych ward following the birth of our first son. She had a miserable fight with postpartum depression and sleep deprivation. One year later, nearly to the day, I landed in ICU and then a psych ward following a suicide attempt.
Shortly after, our marriage nearly fell apart. She left for two weeks, and they were the saddest and scariest days of my life. Once she came home, we started intense marriage and individual therapy, laying all our cards on the table. It was now or never. Eventually, we both decided to stay, fully aware of what that meant.

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Jan 18

I’m Not Disappointed in You

By Sarah Simmons | Mental Health , Messy Grace

The year had grown harder, week-by-week and month-by-month. There were days I couldn’t scrape together the energy to get out of bed. I’d dropped most of my college classes spring term to avoid failing – I, the straight A student to whom school came so easily. Anxiety made it impossible to eat, and I lost enough weight that people asked if I was anorexic.
I didn’t know it wasn’t my fault.

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Jan 14

My Story isn’t Over; An Exclusive with Project Semicolon

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

In my own experience, the cruelness of life tried to insert a period, but grace replaced it with a semicolon. A modern Selah. A pause. A moment to say, my story isn’t over. Light eventually came  rushing in, right when I least expected it. The folks at Project Semicolon are doing their part to share […]

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Daring to Trust Again: Life After My Husband's Suicide Attempt
Jan 11

Daring to Trust: Life After My Husband’s Suicide Attempt

By Lindsey Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Family , Marriage , Mental Health , Recovery , Recovery from a Suicid... , relationships

I will never forget how cold the tile floor was on that hot September afternoon, as I slid down the wall of ICU room number six.
The statement that made my knees buckle, as I stood at the end of that hospital bed, was, “No, I did not mix up my medicine. I wanted to die. I do not want to be here any more.”

My clearest thought was how I was not enough. But if not me, how was our beautiful baby boy not enough to make my husband want to stay? I wondered how I could possibly face family and friends at our son’s first birthday party the next day, alone. I wondered if I would spend the rest of my life the very same way.

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Jan 08

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness in Christian Communities

By Steve Austin | faith , Mental Health , Recovery , Recovery from a Suicid... , The Struggle With Church

“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt […]

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Dec 30

I got my little boy a dog for Christmas and it helped heal my shame. 

By Steve Austin | Mental Health , Parenting , Recovery from Abuse

“Where did this dog come from? Is she coming home with us? Can she sit in my lap? What’s her name?” I adjusted the rearview mirror, not wanting to miss a single detail of his excitement. “Yea buddy, she’s your new dog. Merry Christmas.” For the moment, I was his hero.
But that wasn’t always the case.

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Sep 23

Every Storm & Every Furnace: He is There

By Steve Austin | faith , Mental Health

There is no storm that isn’t subject to His whisper and there is no furnace where He will ever fail to join His children.
I am learning that the miracle of God may not always come in the way I was taught as a child, with a laying on of hands and oil and shouts; the miracle of God, more often than not, may be that He is absolutely willing to walk with me through every Valley.

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Sep 21

Reflecting on Three Years of Life

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

Own your mistakes and the fact that they affect other people. We all mess up: some of us more than others and some of us make mistakes that seem “bigger” than others, but we all make mistakes. We can’t blame family history or former friends or employers or the government or God on the choices we make. We all make choices and sometimes we make the wrong ones. The best thing any of us can do is focus on today and the people who love us: those who push us to be our best and love us even at our worst.

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May 20

Is it possible to live again? Life after PPD.

By Lindsey Austin | faith , Mental Health , Messy Grace

After Ben’s birth in September 2011, I suffered from severe sleep deprivation, psychosis, and postpartum depression.
It was the darkest time in my life. I was hospitalized for nearly 2 weeks and separated from my newborn for most of that time. The situation was completely beyond my control but I felt so much shame over it. With the help of good doctors and my amazing family I began to recover and finally feel like myself again.

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