Megachurch Pastor Takes His Life
By Carol DM
September 11, 2019 9:29am CST
Usually I do not share new stories here. But this one caught my attention. Jarrid Wilson, a Southern California megachurch pastor and mental health advocate, died by suicide Monday. Wilson, 30, was associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. He co-founded Anthem of Hope, a mental health nonprofit helping people dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts. He is survived by his wife, and two sons. His tweet before he took his life read: Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure depression. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure PTSD. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure anxiety. But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort. He ALWAYS does that. Wilson wrote about contemplating suicide and said he found no resources in the church to help him cope with depression. Instead heard people saying, “Just have faith" -- but that didn’t help. “All the counseling and help I received came years after I actually needed it, and it was found in the secrecy of a local medical facility, not a church—where it should have been all along,” he said. A horrific tragedy any time someone takes their life. This story goes to show you that no matter what your religion is, depression and suicidal thoughts cannot always be "cured". If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at tel:1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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• Anniston, Alabama
I believe that when its your time to die you die, no matter who you are and no matter if its by ones own hand or cancer. God never said we would life forever on earth. All the mental issues this man was having is because of an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, I know so many people that take medication daily to try and get the balance back.
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• United States
@CarolDM Simply saying “Just have faith" is not helpful as often the person is not in a place where they can do it well, no matter where they are in the faith. Better to sit with a person in their sadness and despair (not join in but be there) than to suggest what the person knows but can't do in that moment. I learned a long time ago that being around a person demonstrating faith does more than telling me or anyone to have it.
• United States
Yes I was so sad when I read it, I usually don't share news items but for some reason I shared this one. I think one of the points I was trying to make is that the church, religion, etc, cannot heal everything in life. Many believe this. I used to before I lost my son. Then it all changed.
• United States
@CarolDM jest heartbreakin', ms. carol. i'm glad ya shared 't here, many need remindin' that mental illness 'tis not somethin' folks can jest "get over", they need vast avenues 'f support. from nutritional, 't times medications, support/counselin' 'n a lil faith don't hurt - jest aint 'nough. sometimes loss brings folks closer to their beliefs. we're more 'like'n we'd reckoned. i changed my views, too, when my brother 'twas killed years 'go.
This is a sad news and ironic for a person who has advocacy like this but I understand that we are not superhuman and battling out with mental health condition is not easy. Sometimes, people see you OK outside but I think that there are only few who can read what's deep inside. You remind me of a local song "Buloy". It's about the guy named Buloy who's good at giving advice and hope to his friends but ended up taking up his own life.
I did a search for the words depression and depressed and found these verses. Psalm 143:7-8 (New Living Translation) Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. 2 Corinthians 7:6 (New Living Translation But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. Yes, depression and related illnesses have no boundaries and can affect all kinds of people. A good friend can be a real help in such circumstances. When there is a chemical imbalance there is not much that helps.