Husband, Father, Friend, Pastor, Mental Health advocate Jarrid Wilson died by suicide Monday September 9, 2019 – The day before national suicide prevention day, during national suicide awareness month. Showing again, that depression & anxiety is extremely real. Prayers to his sweet family and friends for this very sad news.
This is so real and very heartbreaking, pastors are not invincible from depression, PTSD or mental health. Some may have uneducated opinions & thoughts about it, when truthfully more are struggling with this then they let on. They may be so nervous about what others may think and how your “job” may be affected. These thoughts make since, and what you will find is more freedom in you allowing trusted people (Friends, Family, Therapist) into your life to listen. We can be our worst enemy at times by saying “it’s not a big deal, I’m ok, it will all work out, I’m giving it to God” and moving on (pressing it down) again.
This is called DE-PRESS-ION depressing our emotions, thoughts and pain. When we push our pain down by helping others our pain will come out eventually. It starts to seep out and it seeps out in many ways. So we try to cover it with distractors. Such as busyness, gambling, food, perfection, anger, performance, and much more. Which then speeds into anxiety at high levels, so depression hits again, then we cover it with coping / distractors again. If not taken care of in a healthy way this vicious cycle will continue to come out sideways, hurting ourselves and others along the way.
Taking down the stigma of perfect pastors is one of the keys to seeing pastors be set free, as well as others seeing pastors as approachable and real. Instead of a “pastoral” person who is “so much like Christ” that you seem perfect, never sin and unapproachable.
So please, please speak up if you need help, no one is perfect, only Jesus and He wants us to bring our brokenness to Him, and to others we can trust. Taking care of you first is key, then your truly able to Be for others.
September is world September is National #SuicidePrevention Month, & we want everyone to know that #YourLifeMatters!
Join @anthemofhope as we bring hope for those battling depression & thoughts of suicide. Over 800,000 people die by suicide each year.
“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).”