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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at


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    How very sad. Thank you for this excellent article. We all need more awareness.

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    Tara Gill

    Thank you Jason, mental illness for Christians is just as painful as anyone else. Probably more so, as we have our hearts fixed on heaven and have a divine physician. Often we deny we have a problem because we think it shouldn’t happen to us. I appreciate your article as one who has experienced family members with mental illness personally, and also know the gaping hole of pain left by suicide.
    I also admire your willingness as a Pastor to speak out about many things.
    Many of us, myself included have looked up to Pastors as though they were extra-spiritual men. Now I am looking unto Jesus.
    The body of Christ is all its parts, not just a head. Good article.

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    Terri Genocchio

    Thank you for sharing;
    depression is not the same as discouragement. Sadly mental illness in the church still carries a stigma and many believe the root cause to be spiritual. I feel for this family yet I also feel for this Pastor as I know the torment and struggle of choosing life or death. Death by suicide is not the ‘easy way out’ – at that point it seems like the ONLY way out. I thank God that He has used my children, and now my grandchildren to keep me choosing life over death thus far… “There but for the grace of God go I.”

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    Jason Harris

    @Tara Gill,

    Thanks for your comment. So good to hear from you! Very sorry to hear what you’ve been through but thankful to hear where you’re at. God is good.

    @Terri Genocchio,

    I’m sorry you are dealing with that. Yes, the stigma is strong in most of Christianity and there is much work to do to improve understanding on mental health issues. Stay in the fight, dear sister.

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    What a heartbreak for him, his family & extended family. What tremendous insight for all of us to hold on to, so much compassion & truth! Thank you!!


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