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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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Podcast: When You Feel Like You Can’t Go On

Image by Marta Matyjas from PixabayIn the wake of the passing of Christian pastor and author Jarrid Wilson by suicide at age 30, my friend Jason Elam (host of the Messy Spirituality Podcast) reached out to me to share my story of nearly dying by suicide, and my journey back to life. With the Wilson family’s […]

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7 Life Lessons from a Suicide Survivor

I am a suicide survivor. This is my story.Suicide Survivor​​It was late September, 2012. My eyes squinted shut as the nurse wheeled me out the front doors of the psych ward and helped me into the car. This was the first time I’d seen the sun in more than a week.”Good luck, Mr. Austin. Take […]

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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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What You Need to Know When Pastors Die by Suicide

Andrew Stoecklein, pastor of the California megachurch Inland Hills, died by suicide Aug. 25. Here’s what you need to know.

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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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Hope for When Your Life Doesn’t Feel Normal

If you were to look at my life today – husband, father, and hard worker – you’d probably say it seems pretty typical. But my life hasn’t always been that way.

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1 Thing Depressed People Need from the Church

“If we don’t have a theology that embraces mental illness, our God is too small.” —William Paul Young, author of The Shack I was a pastor when I nearly died by suicide. I was 28 years old, married five years, and the proud father of a tiny baby boy. No one saw it coming (usually […]

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What to do When Your Child Attempts Suicide

According to the Miami Herald, 14-year-old Nakia Venant hanged herself in the wee hours of the morning on January 24th, while broadcasting her suicide on Facebook Live. Less than a month before that, Katelyn Davis, a 12-year-old from Georgia, killed herself during another live broadcast. Each news report shows the image of a beautiful young […]