Even Christian’s Struggle With Depression

14 Sep

Even Christian’s Struggle With Depression

In Ephesians 6: the word teaches us our struggles are not with flesh and blood. Our struggles are coming from dark spiritual forces of wickedness, schemed by the devil. Children of God, please remember we have a weapon called the Armor of God and we need to use it.

Put on the Full Armor Of God #LordJesusSaves

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 Sadly, Pastor Jarrid Wilson of Harvest Christian Fellowship took his own life on Sept 9, 2019. He tweeted this earlier that day.

Jarrid Wilson last Tweet

He recently founded “Anthem of Hope” a faith-centered organization dedicated to amplifying hope for those battling brokenness, depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction and suicide. He struggled with depression as many others suffer today and being a Child of God does not make one immune from this pain. I am not here to write whether Jarrid is saved or not, the Lord is our judge full of grace and mercy. My prayers are with his wife and two children along with his church. The Lord can work in amazing ways and he offers us hope. I love Romans 8:28  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. This is the Hope that brings us comfort. Just four days before Pastor Jarrid Wilson ended his life he posted this….

Christian Mental Health Statistics

Since 1974, the United States has observed National Suicide Prevention Month in the month of September. Not only does this bring much needed awareness for Christians who are suffering from mental health issues, but it also provides an opportunity for the church and/or faith-based organizations to talk about an important topic that affects people more than we often realize or like to admit.

“Depression was once a topic reserved for ‘other people,’” Former LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer wrote in a Facts & Trends issue on mental health. He goes on to say, “The truth is, pastors are as likely as other Americans to experience mental illness.”

Here are 13 statistics from several LifeWay Research studies that may help you better understand the issue of mental health and the people in your church:

Christian Mental Health Statistics:

  • 23 percent of pastors acknowledge they have personally struggled with a mental illness.

  • 49 percent of pastors say they rarely or never speak to their congregation about mental illness.

  • 27 percent of churches have a plan to assist families affected by mental illness.

  • 65 percent of churchgoing family members of those with mental illness want their church to talk openly about mental illness.

  • 59 percent of those actually suffering from mental illness say the same.

  • 53 percent of churchgoers with mental illness say the church has been supportive.

  • 76 percent of churchgoers say suicide is a problem that needs to be addressed in their community.

  • 32 percent of churchgoers say a close acquaintance or family member has died by suicide.

  • 80 percent of pastors say their church is equipped to assist someone who is threatening to take his or her own life.

  • 92 percent of pastors say their church is equipped to care for the family that experiences the suicide of a loved one.

  • 4 percent of churchgoers who lost a loved one to suicide say church leaders were aware of their loved one’s struggles.

  • 68 percent of Americans feel they would be welcome in church if they were mentally ill.

  • 35 percent of Americans say mental illness could be overcome with Bible study and prayer alone.

Christians still have a long way to go in regards to the conversation surrounding mental health, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do SOMETHING about it today. By using our voice, platforms and influence, we can be the change needed to elevate the much needed conversation surrounding mental health within the local church, faith-based organizations, and beyond.

Over 800,000 people a year lose their lives to suicide, and we believe it’s about time Christians start doing something about it.

—Jarrid Wilson, Founder   https://thomas-wilson-l3p6.squarespace.com/blog

Jarrid is survived by Juli and their two sons Finch and Denham.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

One Response to “Even Christian’s Struggle With Depression”

  1. Lord Jesus Saves † 09/14/2019 at 6:07 PM #

    STATISTICS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SUICIDE

    1. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

    2. Each year 42,773 Americans die by suicide.

    3. For every suicide, 25 people attempt.

    4. On average, there are 117 suicides per day.

    5. Over one million people die by suicide worldwide each year.

    6. On average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world.

    7. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24.

    8. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.

    9. Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.

    10. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7th-12th.

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