I was a pastor when I nearly died by suicide. As such, I'm incredibly passionate about supporting folks like me, who understand the daily struggle of living with mental illness.
Here's what I want you to know: mental WELLness is possible.
It's not easy.
You're not going to take some magic Jesus pill and suddenly fix your life with the smoke and miracles of some religious shaman.
But if you get honest and ask for help and follow the advice of your doctor and other mental health professionals, you can absolutely live a GREAT life.
Below, I've posted some of my favorite mental health/suicide prevention resources.
If I can ever be of service to you, or you ever just want to share your story, please use the contact form below to reach me directly.
You are so loved,
"Steve Austin is a pastor who once attempted suicide because his brain has an illness, no different from heart disease or cancer. The stigma surrounding mental illness, especially in Christian communities, keeps people locked in prisons of shame, refusing to admit that they need help. Yes Christians can and do struggle with mental illness. People need to know that they are not alone, and you can still be a Christian and have a mental illness. Recovery from our darkest day is difficult, but Steve Austin is living proof that it is possible."
In the past seven years, since the darkest days of my life, I have worked really hard to recover from a suicide attempt. During that time, I've learned 7 coping strategies that work. If you live with depression and/or anxiety - I know this free e-book can help when it feels like you're drowning.
CXMH is a podcast at the intersection of faith & mental health, hosted by Robert Vore & Dr. Holly Oxhandler. We bring together faith leaders with mental health professionals for honest conversations.
The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities. We have over 2 million registered users and are adding a new one every 20 seconds.
Our stories and videos are viewed and shared more than 90 million times a month.
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.