Today I’m running a few inspirational miles with coach, speaker, and fellow podcaster Steve Austin.
Steve has had some serious battles with depression and anxiety in his past.
After a failed suicide attempt, Steve started running. Now, 5 years later, he has devoted his life to helping bring awareness to the sport and its effects on mental health.
Growing up in a very active and conservative home, Steve buried his emotions.
The stigma of mental health in his community kept Steve in hiding while he tried to cope with his depression and anxiety
Steve had skeletons deep in his closet but no one would have guessed.
It wasn’t until later in his life that Steve started to deal with the issues and hurts that he kept bottled up for years.
Road to Recovery
Mental health was not the only demon Steve found himself battling. Overweight and far removed from exercise, Steve joined a gym after understanding all he could gain from a daily regimen.
Overweight and far removed from a regular exercise routine, Steve joined a gym.
After losing about 35 pounds, Steve’s wife decided to start training for a half marathon. Ever the supportive husband, Steve started running as well.
Now, Steve is looking to give back to those that are having similar struggles as he has endured.
Steve started #Run3forme to support those that have attempted suicide or those that have lost a loved one to suicide in the past. The 3-mile run is centered around the stories people have shared with him of the struggles they have faced in their lives.
Become a Safe Space
Steve’s biggest piece of advice for those looking to help others struggling with their mental health?
Also, be on the lookout for the following red flags that can be big indicators of a struggle with mental illness or suicide:
- Drastic change in behavior
- Increased alcohol use
- Sleeping too much/too little
- Increased levels of aggression
Clearly, none of these signs are surefire indicators that someone is struggling.
But if a person is struggling, he or she may be in need of a safe place to vent.
Be that safe place.
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