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Jarrid Wilson, pastor and advocate for mental health, kills himself

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An American pastor known for his mental health care has killed himself, church officials say.

Jarrid Wilson, 30, worked at the 1

5,000 member Harvest Christian Fellowship Church for 18 months before his death.

Mr. Wilson and his wife founded the Anthem of Hope, a program created to help people cope with depression.

He is survived by his two sons and wife July, who wrote that the death had "completely ripped my heart out of my chest".

His death confirmed by Senior Pastor Greg Laurie, who leads the church in Southern California.

"Jarrid loved the Lord and had a servant's heart. He was lively, positive, and always served and helped others," he wrote on the church's website.

"Jarrid also repeatedly coped with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles," Laurie adds. "He particularly wanted to help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts."

Another pastor at the church, Jason Powell, also paid tribute.

Shortly before his death, Wilson tweeted that he had requested the burial of a "Jesus-loving woman who took her own life."

"Loving Jesus does not always cure suicidal thoughts. Loving Jesus does not always cure depression," he wrote.

"But that does not mean that Jesus does not offer us companionship and comfort," he continued. "He ALWAYS does."

A fundraiser to support Wilson's family has raised more than $ 42,000 (£ 34,000) as of Wednesday.

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