California megachurch pastor and #mentalhealthadvocate Jarrid Wilson died by #suicide on Monday night, according to a statement released by Harvest Christian Fellowship Church. He was 30 years old.
“It is with the deepest sadness and shock that I have to report that #JarridWilson went to be with the Lord last night,” senior pastor Greg Laurie wrote. “At a time like this, there are just no words. The Bible says, ‘There is a time to mourn.’ This is certainly that time.”
Laurie went on to share how important Wilson was to the congregation:
Jarrid loved the Lord and had a servant’s heart. He was vibrant, positive, and was always serving and helping others. Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with #depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles. He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with #suicidalthoughts.
Wilson co-founded the Christian mental health nonprofit called Anthem of Hope, an organization dedicated to supporting those facing #depression, #anxiety, self-harm, addiction and #suicide.
Wilson is not the only pastor to have struggled with #suicidalthoughts. In January, megachurch pastor Jim Howard ended his life. It’s common for people to believe pastors or other authority figures “don’t struggle” or “have it all together,” but it’s important to remember pastors are real people with real struggles too.⠀
Since news broke, Wilson’s fans and loved ones have expressed their condolences and offered prayers and support for his family on social#media.
Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.
Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.
Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space. #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle
It doesn’t matter who you are — anyone can struggle with their mental health. If you are a pastor or Christian struggling with suicidal thoughts, you’re not alone, and your struggles don’t make you less of a Christian. If you are struggling, please reach out to a trusted loved one, and check out our list of #suicide prevention resources. Recovery is possible, and help is available.
If this news is hard for you, especially on World #Suicide Prevention Day, know you are not alone. If you need support or want to connect with people who have been there, post a Thought or Question on The Mighty with the hashtag, #CheckInWithMe. You can also call the #NationalSuicidePreventionLifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.