In 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 permission, author Jonathan Merritt has started a Go Fund Me page to raise financial support for Juli Wilson and her two small sons. Please contribute here if you're able.
If you are struggling with depression and/or suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for immediate help from professionals who care.
You are not alone. You matter. We need you here.
I'm deeply grateful for the chance to have this very raw conversation.
If you're struggling with suicidal thoughts, listen to this.
If you live with mental illness, listen to this.
If you love someone who struggles with their mental health, listen to this.
If you want to improve your church's approach to mental health, listen to this.
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Jarrid Wilson with love and respect.
Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.
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