If you live at the intersection of faith and mental health, Steve Austin's free resources will help.
Steve was a pastor when he nearly died by suicide. Thankfully, a suicide attempt wasn't the end of his story.
Download Steve's free e-book, From Pastor to a Psych Ward, and get his 7-day "Mental Health Getting Started Guide" as a bonus.
"I left home that Sunday night, headed back to my out-of-town interpreting assignment, knowing it would be the last time I would see my wife and baby boy. His first birthday was the following weekend, but I wouldn’t be there to celebrate. I would forever be labeled a failure and a freak and I couldn’t possibly force Lindsey to choose either to divorce me or live through the humiliation of court proceedings and a media frenzy. In the moment, I wasn’t sure if I was completely insane or absolutely desperate, but I was fully aware of the failure that would forever mark my life and I chose to die anyway.
I decided to end my life a week before I actually attempted suicide.
Friday morning, the last day of the assignment, one of my clients became worried when I didn’t show up for the assignment. She had come to know me as a friendly guy with a larger-than-life personality, who was on top of the world. She had no idea I was feeling like the world was on top of me. This client started sending texts and making phone calls until eventually someone reached my wife, who was dumbfounded.
When the police and paramedics opened the door, they pushed through the lounger, the kitchen and coffee tables, and found my body there, in the hotel room. I was lying on my back, covered in vomit. There was vomit on the bed, on the floor, and it had projected up the wall behind me and covered a massive picture that hung behind the bed. Those who found me thought it was a murder scene. Apparently the pink Benadryl pills, along with the tens of thousands of other milligrams of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications I took, made it look like blood.
They thought I was dead and I should have been. I wanted to be. I had been unconscious nearly twelve hours.
I woke up in a fog like I’ve never experienced before..."
"Steve Austin's book provides an insightful look at what leads some of us to ponder and attempt suicide, and I recommend it for anyone who is looking to learn more about the feelings behind depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation."
-Good Men Project
"This is a touching book that deals with a topic most people don't admit. Steve Austin shares tidbits from his past to declare the power of forgiveness that only comes through trusting God. We will all go through diverse temptations and trials as we live this life of faith...I recommend this book to anyone who needs encouragement and motivation to continue living."
-Reader's Favorite Reviews
"The book goes beyond the trauma story to deal with personal faith in an unexpected way. Not preachy. Very accessible to readers of any--or no--faith. Steve Austin overcomes oppressive and shameful aspects of his religion, and manages to find a faith that incorporates recovery and authenticity."
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