The founder of a suicide outreach group pastor Jarrid Wilson dies by suicide on 9 September 2019!

It is ironical but true! Jarrid Wilson, an author, and pastor in the USA used to run a suicide outreach group called Anthem of Hope in South California. He took his own life and died on Monday 9 September 2019.

Jarrid Wilson and his death

His death was totally unexpected. No one would have imagined that a person who is running a suicide outreach group would himself commit suicide and die. Hence it came as a surprise when the South Californian pastor and author Jarrid Wilson took his own life on Monday 9 September 2019.

Jarrid Wilson was a pastor and an author who had founded Anthem for Hope [Source: BBC UK]
Jarrid Wilson was an associate pastor at the megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship. He was just 30 years old when he died. Greg Laurie, senior pastor of the church wrote on his blog on Tuesday:

“At a time like this, there are just no words,”

He added:

“The Bible says, ‘There is a time to mourn’. This is certainly that time.”

“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.”

Jarrid is survived by his wife Juli and two sons who are still very young. He also has other family members who have not been named.

Jarrid Wilson and his life

Jarrid was an evangelical pastor and worked as an associate pastor at the Harvest Christian Fellowship Church. This Church was founded in the year 1973 in Riverside and has 15000 people with it. The Church has campuses in Southern California and in Hawaii. They hold evangelical events on a large scale here.

Jarrid Wilson and his wife used to help depressed people and had a crisis line [Source: Christian Today]
Jarrid and his wife Juli had also founded the outreach group for suicide named Anthem of Hope. It was to help people who are suffering from depression especially those with suicidal thoughts.

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Jarrid Wilson and his own battle with depression

Jarrid himself was suffering from depression. He has never hidden these mental health issues and had been very open about it. He had expressed his desire to help those who like him are finding it difficult to cope with depression in life.

Jarrid Wilson who died by suicide had a wife Juli and two sons [Source: Time magazine]
In this year August, Jarrid had written on his Instagram page:

“Admitting your struggle with mental health doesn’t make you a bad Christian. I’m a Christian who also struggles with depression. This exists, and it’s ok to admit it.”

He used to implore with his fans to come forward and make known about their depression to those around them. He founded everyone to stop considering mental health as a social stigma. The group founded in 2016 was aiming to achieve this. It has a 24-hour and 24/7 crisis line and used to connect the people with several and good resources on the subject.

Jarrid had written about World Suicide Prevention Day on his Twitter handle. And he died just a day before this Day.

There are helplines for suicide prevention in every country. The USA National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Whereas in the UK and Ireland, it is 116 123 or one can email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In Australia, the mental health support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Details of other international helplines are available at www.befrienders.org.

Source: BBC News, the Guardian