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Learning to See Your Diagnosis as a Gift

After much hard work, I am learning to embrace my diagnosis as a gift; but that wasn’t always the case.

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Church and Mental Illness: How to Stop Failing People

“When we can let go of what other people think and own our story, we gain access to our worthiness—the feeling that we are enough just as we are and that we are worthy of love and belonging.” —Brené BrownIn recent years, several well-known Christian leaders have died by apparent suicide: Amy Bleuel, Andrew Stoecklein, […]

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9 Proven Ways to Support Someone with Depression

Things like a global pandemic really have a way of triggering our mental health. Uncertainty about the future, financial insecurity, and loneliness are just a few current issues that can increase things like stress, anxiety, and depression.If you’re in the group that feels guilty because life is actually pretty good for you right now, it’s […]

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God’s Embrace in the Midst of Desperation

I’ve just returned from a truly magical time on the West Coast. On Sunday 12/15, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking at my friend Marc’s church, Bridge City Church in Milwaukie, Oregon. This is the text from that sermon. -Steve Desperate for Hope ‘Oh God.’ Five letters. Two words. One exhale. Full stop. ‘Oh […]

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It’s Time for the Church to Confront Mental Health (via USA Today)

​After the suicide Monday of Jarrid Wilson, a well-known pastor in the evangelical community, Christian leaders across the country are grappling with how to address and help believers struggling with depression and anxiety – including when those struggling are the ones leading the church.Jarrid Wilson, an associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship who founded the […]

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Suicide Prevention for Pastors

With Pastor Jarrid Wilson’s death by suicide, questions and comments have flooded my email and social media inboxes. Here’s one example, “I’m scared. Because there are people that I love who struggle with thoughts of suicide, and I don’t know what sets them apart from the Jarrid’s and the Andrew [Stoecklein]’s and the Amy [Bleuel]’s.” […]

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Living with Depression & Anxiety: 7 Coping Strategies that Work (e-book)

​Depression and anxiety are very real illnesses that can take over your life when undiagnosed and/or untreated. I know because I’ve been there.LIVING WITH DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY: 7 COPING STRATEGIES THAT WORKI was 29-years-old, a husband, father, and pastor when I nearly died by suicide. The depression and anxiety were crippling, but I had never […]

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Priest condemns suicide at student’s funeral. Here’s what you need to know.

On Dec. 4, 18-year-old University of Toledo student Maison Hullibarger died by suicide. Maison was a passionate, straight-A student and stand-out athlete adored by friends and family. Instead of celebrating his life, Don LaCuesta, the priest presiding over Hullibarger’s funeral, questioned suicide in the eyes of God. LaCuesta’s actions highlight the need for a better […]

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Suicide, the Woman at the Well, & You

What does suicide have to do with the woman at the well? And how can this story help you?

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How Should Pastors Respond to People with Mental Illness?

Steve Austin shares his story of recovery from a suicide attempt on the Not Your Mama’s Christian Podcast.