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What do I Need to Know about Pastors and Suicide?
Mar 04

Pastors and Suicide: What Should I Know?

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Depression , faith , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid...

California has mourned the deaths by suicide of two beloved pastors in under six months. Although tragic and sad, the deaths of Pastors Jim Howard and Andrew Stoecklein leave many people—especially within the church—wondering what happened. The recent deaths also point to the need for mental health care within the church. What can the church […]

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Sep 23

When Your Brain Breaks

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Recovery , Recovery from a Suicid... , The Struggle With Church

This week marks five years since I nearly died by suicide. The truth is, I’m not alone. This year, approximately 44,000 Americans will believe they have reached the end of their rope, and die by suicide. And for each person who dies, another twenty-five will attempt. You might think my story is a bit rare […]

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Jun 26

I’m a recovering pastor. This is my confession.

By Guest Blogger | #ConfessYourChurchMess , faith , Recovery , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

My name is Brian. I’m a recovering pastor. And this is my confession. Yes, I’ve been a pastor before. I’ve even quit “for good” twice. I want to confess something to you that many “professional” clergy know, but hesitate to admit. Source: Pexels Confession of a Recovering Pastor Why do we not enjoy admitting this? Many individual […]

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Oct 06

Do You Hear Jesus Speaking in the Darkness?

By Steve Austin | Recovery , Recovery from a Suicid...

How do you find God in the dark? It’s a question I’ve been asked countless times, since I published From Pastor to a Psych Ward. I was recently interviewed by Will Maule, Editor of HelloChristian. If you haven’t checked out their site before, you’re missing out! In our interview, Will asked me a similar question, and my answer may not be what you expect.

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From Pastor to a Psych Ward: Recovery from a Suicide Attempt is Possible
Jun 22

Pastor to Psych Ward: Recovery from a Suicide Attempt is Possible.

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Depression , faith , Mental Health , Messy Grace , Recovery , Recovery from a Suicid... , This is My Story (series)

My clients were concerned. When they couldn’t reach me, they called first my wife, and then the hotel. I was lying on my back, unconscious, covered in vomit, when the police and EMT’s found me. They thought it was a murder scene. Vomit covered the bed and the floor. It had projected up the wall behind me, and coated a massive picture that hung over the bed. Apparently the pink Benadryl pills, along with the tens of thousands of milligrams of other medication I took, created the effect of blood. I had been unconscious for a solid ten hours by then.

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