This is horribly sad. Adam Busby shared a tribute to his friend Jarrid Wilson, a popular megachurch pastor known for his work in mental health advocacy who sadly died by suicide on September 9. “My heart is so broken … In one of the darkest and most confusing times of my life, Jarrid Wilson sought me out,” Adam, 37, wrote. “When I pushed him away and ignored his persistent attempts to help, he stayed right there and wouldn’t be defeated.”
The OutDaughtered dad continued, “God used you as His Hands and Feet as you walked with me through getting help with my depression. You have sung that #anthemofhope for countless people in their darkest times; all while fighting that same battle in the trenches of your own mind. You were the one who encouraged me to go public with my struggle with depression because you knew how God would use my story to help so many and I have read countless stories of how it has and still is working in peoples lives.”
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.
— Jarrid Wilson (@JarridWilson) September 9, 2019
The Harvest Christian Fellowship Church blog confirmed the sad news that Jarrid had passed away. “It is with the deepest sadness and shock that I have to report that Jarrid Wilson went to be with the Lord last night,” Senior Pastor Greg Laurie wrote on Tuesday, September 10. “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.”
Adam revealed that he was one of the people Jarrid helped. “You were so selfless in your own struggle that you remained singing that Anthem of Hope at the top of your lungs for so many people around the world until the very end,” he continued on Instagram. “I will see you again my dear brother.” He also included a link to a GoFundMe page in his bio help cover his friend’s memorial and burial costs.
“Depression is very real and if you are having suicidal thoughts, please seek help and find someone to talk to,” Adam concluded. “God is still in control. No matter how much we don’t understand. He is still in control and He is Love and nothing can separate us from His Love.”
Other TLC stars like Audrey Roloff, Caryn Chandler, and Jen Arnold expressed their shared sorrow in the comments. “💔 [He] was one of a kind. I’m so heartbroken,” Audrey wrote. “Prayers! Depression is so hard 🙏,” Jen added. Our thoughts are with Jarrid’s family and all who loved him.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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