Harvest Christian Fellowship leader, author, and mental health advocate Jarrid Wilson has died Monday night by suicide.
Suicidal thoughts and depression
The 30-year-old co-founder of the mental health nonprofit Anthem of Hope has always been open about his struggle with suicidal thought and depression. Tragically, Jarrid ended his life last Monday 11:45 PM.
Pastor Greg Laurie, the senior pastor of the Harvest Christian Fellowship where Jarrid is an associate pastor, took to Facebook to report about the death of Jarrid.
“At a time like this, there are just no words. The Bible says, ‘There is a time to mourn.’ This is certainly that time,” Pastor Greg wrote.
He then explained about Jarrid’s mental illness and how he always wanted to help those who were struggling with suicidal thoughts.
“Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles. He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts. Tragically, Jarrid took his own life,” he added.
Pastor Greg also expressed how pastors also deal with the same problem everyone does.
“Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people. We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not. At the end of the day, pastors are just people who need to reach out to God for His help and strength, each and every day,” Pastor Greg wrote.
Jarrid Wilson’s wife
Jarrid’s Wife, Julianne, also expressed her grief in an Instagram post with a picture of her husband in his “happy place”.
“Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it. You always said ‘Hope Gets the last word. Jesus does’. Your life’s work has led thousands to the feet of Jesus and your boldness to tell others about your struggle with anxiety and depression has helped so many other people feel like they weren’t alone. YOU WERE an anthem of hope to everyone, baby, and I’ll do my best to continue your legacy of love until my last breath,” Julianne wrote.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, this heartbreaking news and let us all stand together in prayer for the family of the late Jarrid. If you know someone who is also suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts, take an extra mile to them. Call for professional help and pray for them!
Mental illness is a tough enemy but Jesus Christ is greater than any of it! Let us claim Christ’s victory over depression and suicidal thoughts!
Reference: Relevant Magazine
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