Steve Austin was a pastor when he nearly died by suicide. Years of performance-based Christianity taught Austin to sweep the pain of childhood sexual abuse, plus the shame of PTSD, anxiety, and depression under the rug. When it came to his suffering, he believed it was best not to let anyone know about his secrets - especially church folks. As a result, fear, shame, and guilt were Austin’s constant companions. Thankfully, a suicide attempt was not the end of his story.
When Austin realized his life wasn’t over, he set about figuring out how to embrace vulnerability by asking for professional help and sharing the uncomfortable truth about his story. In short: he gave himself permission to be human for the very first time. Since going public, Austin has learned that countless others are desperate to live an authentic life, too. These days, he helps hurting people find an integrated approach to wholeness, including mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
Since 2012, Austin has written several books, including: From Pastor to a Psych Ward, and Catching Your Breath. His work has been featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, Relevant, and other outlets. He has become a leading voice at the intersection of faith and mental health. Today, Austin consults church leaders around the U.S. on how to make their faith communities a safe place for people who are suffering. He also hosts the Catching Your Breath podcast, blogs regularly at catchingyourbreath.com, and is a sought-affter speaker at international conferences.
Austin lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife Lindsey, and their two kids. In his free time, Austin binge-watches Netflix like it's his j-o-b, and loves all things peanut butter and chocolate.
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