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Jarrid Wilson, pastor and mental health advocate, kills himself



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A US pastor known for his advocacy of mental health has himself killed himself, according to church officials.

Thirty-year-old Jarrid Wilson worked 1

8 months before his death at the Harvest Christian Fellowship Church, with 15,000 members.

Mr. Wilson and his wife founded Anthem of Hope, a program designed to help people struggling with depression.

He is survived by his two sons and his wife Juli, who wrote that death had "torn my heart completely out of my chest."

His death was by senior confirms Pastor Greg Laurie, who runs the church in Southern California.

"Jarrid loved the Lord and had the heart of a servant, he was alive, positive, serving and always helping others," he wrote on the Church's website.

"Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles," added Laurie. "Above all, he wanted to help those who had suicidal thoughts."

Another pastor in the church, Jason Powell, also paid tribute.

Shortly before his death, Wilson tweeted about the funeral of a "Jesus-loving woman who committed suicide".

"Loving Jesus does not always heal thoughts of suicide." To love Jesus does not always cure depression, "he wrote.

"But that does not mean that Jesus does not offer us companionship or comfort," he continued. "He ALWAYS does that."

A fundraiser to help Wilson's family raised more than $ 42,000 (£ 34,000) on Wednesday. This story is supported by BBC Action Line.


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