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Church and Mental Illness: How to Stop Failing People

“When we can let go of what other people think and own our story, we gain access to our worthiness—the feeling that we are enough just as we are and that we are worthy of love and belonging.” —Brené BrownIn recent years, several well-known Christian leaders have died by apparent suicide: Amy Bleuel, Andrew Stoecklein, […]

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Video: Playing Sardines with God

Is your church a safe space for people who are hurting? On Sunday, January 26th, I had the honor of sharing my story of surviving childhood sexual abuse and a suicide attempt. In addition to sharing my story, I challenged the church to become a safe place for people who are hurting – imploring us […]

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Grace: Like a Warm Blanket on My Worst Day

TRIGGER WARNING: Childhood sexual abuseI have never in my life wanted to die so badly.As I heard him pull in the driveway I froze in fear, shame, and guilt. “Get up, act busy, wipe your face girl!” I tried to tell myself. But, I just laid there frozen. I listened in horror as he gently […]

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God’s Embrace in the Midst of Desperation

I’ve just returned from a truly magical time on the West Coast. On Sunday 12/15, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking at my friend Marc’s church, Bridge City Church in Milwaukie, Oregon. This is the text from that sermon. -Steve Desperate for Hope ‘Oh God.’ Five letters. Two words. One exhale. Full stop. ‘Oh […]

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Surviving Suicide: You are Not Alone

facebook.com/devinbalramphotoA friend of mine asks deep questions with ease. We often talk about mental health and check in with each other, sharing our experiences of surviving suicide. She’s lost close friends, and I nearly lost my husband.She asked me, “How do you feel these days when Steve is speaking somewhere and you’re in the audience?”If […]

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4 Ways Your Church Should Look More Like a Psych Ward

​Christians with mental illness are desperate for authenticity. So how do we facilitate honesty in church? It could start by having a prayer box specifically for mental health concerns, and continue through messages from the pulpit.  One of the missions of the church is to help people grow. Our journey toward wholeness requires permission to be […]

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

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

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 Life Lessons from a Suicide Survivor

I am a suicide survivor. This is my story.Suicide Survivor​​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 & Anxiety: 7 Coping Strategies that Work (e-book)

​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 […]