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Left Everyone Wanting More

Steve came to our church to present a forum on self-care and the basics of suicide prevention. It was one of the best events I’ve been privileged to host in more than twenty years of local church ministry. Drawing from his personal experience, Steve takes his audience on a journey from despair to hope, from chaos to calm. Full of wit and wisdom, his 90-minute presentation left everyone wanting more.

Jason Elam , Pastor, The Hope Center

On the Edge of Our Seats

Steve Austin knows how to keep an audience on the edge of their seats with his wonderful mix of energy, honesty, and sensitive content. Great delivery. Look forward to seeing and hearing him again.

Peggy Johnson , Unity of Birmingham

Steve spoke at our little church recently and it was such a good experience. His honest vulnerability, experience with trauma and mental health, and his message of hope was just what we needed. We've had enough of speakers offering easy 3-step solutions to life's problems. We need more like Steve who can tell us from experience that God is with us in our most painful places.

Marc Alan Schelske , Pastor, Bridge City Church

Engaging. Empowering. Encouraging.

I was a pastor when I nearly died by suicide. These days, I live to help others heal.


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​From Pastor to a Psych Ward

“​I’ve decided churches need to look more like psych wards...​In the same way Jesus welcomed people to come without pretense, it’s time for the church to provide a sacred place to lay down our burdens and rest.”

- Steve Austin, USA Today

​I am a former pastor who made my bed in hell, and found God there.

​I served the local church for ten years. During that time, I was secretly suffering from depression, anxiety, and PTSD. ​I was terrified for anyone to know the extent of ​my despair.

Things became so unbearable that ​I nearly died by suicide in 2012. ​I wrote From Pastor to a Psych Ward in 2016 as a promise to those who have reached the end of their rope: your story isn’t over. ​I am dedicated to reaching those who are hiding from God and the rest of us.

In ​my signature talk, listeners are invited to take off their masks and join ​me in owning their story. Yes you CAN be a Christian and also have a mental illness. ​My talk covers what my ​personal experiences have taught ​me about how the church can and should welcome, love, and support others, specifically those struggling with their mental health. This combination of powerful storytelling, statistics, and education will have your group on the edge of their seats.

WORKSHOP - Suicide: Struggle and Support

Suicide has been identified as the tenth ​leading cause of death in ​the United States. Despite how common it is, suicide remains a highly stigmatized struggle, particularly in the church.

A 2017 study found that while 76% of churchgoers believe suicide is a problem that needs to be addressed in their community, and 80% of Protestant senior pastors believe their church is equipped to intervene when someone is struggling with suicidality, nearly no churchgoers who have lost a close friend or family member to suicide say that church leaders (4%) or church members (4%) were aware of their loved one’s struggles.

​​In this interactive workshop, ​I ​will share ​my own struggles, leading up to a suicide attempt, plus teach you how to support others. If you aren't sure how to help people who struggle with suicidal thoughts, or those whose lives have been affected by suicide, you need this workshop. ​

​Upon completion, participants will better understand the lived experience of suicide. Participants will also be better equipped in knowing how to support people who struggle with suicidality and those who have been affected by it. 

*This workshop can be customized for faith-based or secular audiences.

An Absolute Pleasure

It was an absolute pleasure having Steve share his story with our community. I firmly believe every time he speaks to a group of people, hearts and minds are changed for the better. Steve also makes sure people are seen for who they are and validates their humanity and vulnerability. His presence is a gift to any community, including faith-based and beyond.

Ryan C. Brown , Director of Student Ministries, New Life Church, Glendale, CA

The Type of Conversation We All Need

The type of conversation we all need to be having and often. Steve came and shared his soul with us so that we would do the same with one another!! Steve is a fighter and a survivor and it was an honor to spend time with him.

Stella Hess , Worship Leader, VOX Church, Yorba Linda, CA

Remarkably compassionate

He's uncomfortably honest, remarkably compassionate, and beautifully rough around the edges. Thank you for your friendship, Steve.

Tullian Tchividjian , Author

Walking witness of New Life

In the case of every wound he knows, Steve has turned that wound into a source of healing power. That is why he is one of the most mobilized, energized, walking witnesses of New Life I have ever known.

Rev. Ed Bacon , Author

Lifeguard and coach

Steve offers himself as a companion to those who feel like they are drowning, not as a lifeguard but as a coach saying 'Hey. You can swim!'

Andre Henry , Author

Courageous medicine

Austin delivers courageous medicine: we are all broken - and more important, we are all beautiful, valuable, unique, and connected.

J. Dana Trent , Author

Necessary for greater awareness.

Steve’s workshop is necessary for those who want awareness of the pain that surrounds them, hidden in suffering human hearts.

Matt , Suicide prevention workshop participant

Shows us his scars.

Austin demonstrates vulnerability and nakedness; showing us his scars so we can begin to be comfortable with our own. His story travels with us to places of deep pain, but his words of encouragement provide a ladder and light for the climb out.

Suzanne DeWitt Hall , Author

The Type of Conversation We All Need

The type of conversation we all need to be having and often. Steve came and shared his soul with us so that we would do the same with one another!! Steve is a fighter and a survivor and it was an honor to spend time with him.

Stella Hess , Worship Leader, VOX Church, Yorba Linda, CA

Remarkably compassionate

He's uncomfortably honest, remarkably compassionate, and beautifully rough around the edges. Thank you for your friendship, Steve.

Tullian Tchividjian , Author

Courageous medicine

Austin delivers courageous medicine: we are all broken - and more important, we are all beautiful, valuable, unique, and connected.

J. Dana Trent , Author

An Absolute Pleasure

It was an absolute pleasure having Steve share his story with our community. I firmly believe every time he speaks to a group of people, hearts and minds are changed for the better. Steve also makes sure people are seen for who they are and validates their humanity and vulnerability. His presence is a gift to any community, including faith-based and beyond.

Ryan C. Brown , Director of Student Ministries, New Life Church, Glendale, CA

Shows us his scars.

Austin demonstrates vulnerability and nakedness; showing us his scars so we can begin to be comfortable with our own. His story travels with us to places of deep pain, but his words of encouragement provide a ladder and light for the climb out.

Suzanne DeWitt Hall , Author

Walking witness of New Life

In the case of every wound he knows, Steve has turned that wound into a source of healing power. That is why he is one of the most mobilized, energized, walking witnesses of New Life I have ever known.

Rev. Ed Bacon , Author

Necessary for greater awareness.

Steve’s workshop is necessary for those who want awareness of the pain that surrounds them, hidden in suffering human hearts.

Matt , Suicide prevention workshop participant

Lifeguard and coach

Steve offers himself as a companion to those who feel like they are drowning, not as a lifeguard but as a coach saying 'Hey. You can swim!'

Andre Henry , Author

​Meet Steve Austin.


Steve Austin is a writer, coach, podcaster, and former pastor whose work has been featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, Relevant, and other outlets. Austin nearly died by suicide after secretly suffering from depression, anxiety, and PTSD, and he has become a leading voice at the intersection of faith and mental health. Austin resides in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife and two kids, and he loves all things peanut butter and chocolate.

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