Megachurch pastor known for his mental health advocacy dies by suicide

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NBC News – A megachurch pastor in Southern California known for his mental health advocacy died by suicide on Monday, church officials said in a statement.

Jarrid Wilson had been a pastor with Harvest Christian Fellowship Church for about 18 months. In 2016, he founded Anthem of Hope, a Christian organization meant to “amplify hope” for those struggling with mental health and substance use issues.

He was 30, according to Religion News Service.

Open about his battle with depression, Wilson spoke often of his struggles online and in his work as a pastor.

“Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts,” Wilson wrote on Twitter shortly before his death. “But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort.”

On social media, family and colleagues mourned Wilson’s death.

“I love you forever, Thomas Jarrid Wilson, but I have to say that you being gone has completely ripped my heart out of my chest,” Wilson’s wife, Juli, wrote on Instagram. “Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it.”

In addition to his wife, Wilson is survived by two sons, Finch and Denham.

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