Steve Austin, a well-known advocate within the faith, mental health, and LGBTQ+ communities passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the age of 38. A loving husband and father, Steve leaves behind his wife, Lindsey, and children, Ben (9) and Cara (7), as well as his parents, brothers, and a host of family and friends.
After surviving a suicide attempt at the age of 29, Steve sought help for his lifelong battles with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Once Steve began to share his story, he quickly became a leading voice at the intersection of faith and mental health.
Steve impacted countless lives with his infectious laugh, warm smile, and fierce commitment to removing the stigmas associated with mental health within the church. A gifted writer and speaker, Steve has written several books since 2012, including From Pastor to a Psych Ward, Catching Your Breath, Hiding in the Pews, and Slow Miracles. He also hosted the Catching Your Breath podcast, offered group coaching, and partnered with churches to make their communities a safe place for those who are suffering.
Unfortunately, Steve succumbed to his suicidal ideations in a time of struggle and despair. Knowing how much he advocated for those of us who also battle our own demons, we felt Steve would have wanted you to know. He would also want you to reach out for help if you find yourself in such a place. A link to resources is available here and at the bottom of this page.
Steve’s wife Lindsey, and their two beautiful children, Ben and Cara, need the support of this incredible community, both locally and online, as they navigate the difficult weeks and months ahead. On behalf of Lindsey and the kids as well as the rest of Steve’s family: Thank you to every single person who has reached out with prayers and support. They are unable to respond to every individual message at this time but are so appreciative of each and every one of you.
Many of you have asked “How can we help?” so we have started a GoFundMe campaign to provide some financial support for Lindsey and the kids.
In the short term, there are some remaining special expenses as well as a need for help with immediate needs like the mortgage, utilities, groceries, and other monthly bills. If we can cover those basic needs for a few months, that will allow Lindsey and the kids time and space to grieve without the added financial stress.
Any additional funds will go toward their ongoing living expenses, as well as long-term resources to help Lindsey and the kids deal with this tragic loss. Your gift, in any amount, can make a significant difference for their family today and in the coming months.
Most importantly, if you’re struggling today, you’re not alone. Help is available 24/7 through the following resources: https://catchingyourbreath.com/mental-health-resources/.
Details regarding a celebration of life will be released at a later date.