Jarrid Wilson, Pastor and Mental Health Advocate, Dies by Suicide


Jarrid Wilson, Pastor and Mental Health Advocate, Dies by Suicide

Jarrid Wilson, a well-known pastor who became a mental health advocate and co-founded an organization dedicated to suicide prevention, took his own life Monday night. 

Wilson was an associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, an author of multiple books and the co-founder of Anthem of Hope, a faith-centered organization dedicated to helping those battling depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction and suicide. He also was a popular speaker.

Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, broke the news of Wilson’s suicide.

“It is with the deepest sadness and shock that I have to report that Jarrid Wilson went to be with the Lord last night,” Laurie wrote Tuesday evening. “At a time like this, there are just no words. The Bible says, ‘There is a time to mourn.’ This is certainly that time.”

Wilson, 30, is survived by his wife, Juli, his two young sons, Finch and Denham, and his mother, father, and siblings.

“Jarrid loved the Lord and had a servant’s heart,” Laurie wrote. “He was vibrant, positive, and was always serving and helping others. Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles. He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts. Tragically, Jarrid took his own life.”

Wilson joined Harvest Christian Fellowship 18 months earlier and “had…

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