One year ago today, we lost Jarrid Wilson.
A brother, friend, mentor & pastor.
While it would be so easy to just write a memorial post, I want to use this time to not only honor the amazing life he lived, but rally the message which is still echoing today: Anthem of Hope.
Jarrid founded Anthem of Hope in 2016 with a passion to equip the church with additional resources for those struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction and suicide.
Currently, the number of people struggling with such issues is estimated to be as many as one in four. Nearly two-thirds of people with mental health issues never seek treatment.
Before Jarrid passed last year, he started a Facebook group for Christians struggling with mental health. That small, organic group now has over 15,000 members.
Had he not himself succumbed to the crippling pressure of depression and suicidal ideation, Jarrid would no doubt be thrilled with the thriving community that group has become. But there is much more to do.
The original vision Jarrid nurtured is still alive today thanks to his wife, Juli, and his brother and sister, Christian & Kaylie. This team is currently working on additional resources for their movement called #yourlifematters.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts today, please visit the hopeline at AnthemofHope.org.
Additionally, all profits from fearisaliar.co with the code ANTHEM will be sent directly to Anthem of Hope to help fight the stigma found in mental health.
Jarrid Wilson, a California church leader, author, and mental health advocate, died by suicide September 9, 2019 at age 30.