A popular pastor known for his outspoken plea for mental health problems died of suicide.
Jarrid Wilson, an associate pastor at the megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, died late Monday, confirmed his family and colleagues. He was 30.
Wilson, a married father of two, had been an official at the funeral of a woman who had taken her own life a few hours before his death.
He and his wife Julianne were the founders of an outreach called Anthem of Hope, intended to help people deal with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Jarrid Wilson, an affiliated pastor at megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, died of suicide on Monday 30 years
Wilson is survived by his wife Juli and their two sons, Finch and Denham (together above)
Wilson and his wife July are seen together on an Instagram photo. She was destroyed by his death and spoke out in a series of online messages
& # 39; At the moment there are just no words & # 39 ;, Harvest Senior Pastor Greg Laurie said in a statement.
Laurie said that Wilson & # 39; was repeatedly dealing with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles. & # 39;
& # 39; Sometimes people think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of ordinary people. We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we don't do that, & he continued.
Wilson's death came during the National Suicide Prevention Week and many of his last tweets were about mental health treatment and urged his followers to seek help if needed.
In a post on Monday, he wrote: & # 39; Loving Jesus does not always heal suicidal thoughts. Loving Jesus does not always cure depression. Loving Jesus does not always cure PTSD. Loving Jesus does not always heal fear. But that does not mean that Jesus does not offer us company and comfort. He ALWAYS does that. & # 39;
Wilson was associate pastor at megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship (above)
Wilson was a popular pastor who spoke about his own struggle with depression and founded a non-profit to help people struggling with suicidal thoughts
Tweets from Wilson & # 39; s last hours on Monday were about suicide
Wilson & # 39; s latest post on Twitter was a retweet from an Anthem of Hope online chat hotline for people struggling with depression, posted at 8:34 PM PT on Monday.
His wife said he was dead at 11:45 that night.
Wilson openly presents his own mental health challenges in his most recent book, Love Is Oxygen: How God Can Give You Life and Change Your World.
He blogged earlier this summer that he had been dealing with "severe depression during most of my life and considered suicide several times."
His blog post was about the controversial suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade and urged Christians to pause before proclaiming that those who kill themselves are being condemned by God.
& # 39; Those who say that suicide automatically leads to hell clearly do not understand the totality of mental health problems in the world today, let alone understand the basic theology behind compassion and the all-embracing grace of God & # 39 ;, he wrote .
& # 39; Stop telling people that suicide leads to hell. It is poor theology and proof that people do not understand the basic psychology of mental health problems, & he continued.
July Wilson posted this heartfelt tribute to her husband on Tuesday
In addition to his wife, Wilson is survived by his two sons, Finch and Denham, his mother, father and brothers and sisters.
In a sincere post on Instagram on Tuesday, Julianne Wilson addressed her late husband and said: & # 39; I love you forever & # 39 ;.
& # 39; You are mine forever and I keep telling other people about the hope of Jesus that you have found so boldly and spoke, & # 39; she wrote.
& # 39; Suicide does not get the last word. I won't let it go. You always said: & # 39; Hope gets the last word. Jesus gets the last word & # 39 ;. Your life's work has brought thousands of people 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 that they were not alone. & # 39;
If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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