A Southern California mega-church pastor known for his commitment to sanity died on Monday from suicide, according to a statement from the church.
Jarrid Wilson was pastor at the Harvest Christian Fellowship Church for about 18 months. In 2016, he founded Anthem of Hope, a Christian organization designed to increase the hope of people with mental health problems and drug problems.
According to Religion News Service, he was 30.
Wilson spoke openly about his fight against depression, often about his online struggles and his work as a pastor.
"Jesus does not always heal suicidal thoughts," wrote Wilson shortly before his death on Twitter . "But that does not mean that Jesus offers us no company and no comfort."
In social media, his family and colleagues mourned Wilson's death.
"I love you forever, Thomas Jarrid Wilson, but I have to say That you're gone has ripped my heart completely out of my chest," wrote Wilson's wife Juli on Instagram. "Suicide does not have the last word. I will not allow it. "
In addition to his wife, Wilson's two sons Finch and Denham survive.
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Greg Laurie, senior pastor at Harvest's Mega Church, described Wilson in a statement as a "living" person "who always serves and helps others".
"Sometimes people think that, as pastors or spiritual leaders, we somehow stand above the pains and struggles of everyday people," Laurie wrote. "We are the ones who should have all the answers. But we do not.
On Sunday, the National Week of Suicide Prevention began, a weeklong campaign aimed at alerting people to the warning signs of suicide and educating people about the resources available to people in crisis.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, send HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional information To obtain resources.