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Antrim’s death was the latest in what is being called a “rash” of pastor suicides: the Illinois pastor who shot himself in front of his mother and son last fall; the Georgia pastor who took his life in between worship services; and Isaac Hunter, the Orlando pastor who killed himself last December amid a church resignation and divorce. In a note he wrote two years ago, Hunter epitomized one of the great lies of suicide: “I have become what I never wished to be, a burden on those I love the most.”

Suicide—and its frequent companions, depression and despair—has received renewed attention among U.S. church leaders. At a conference this March that drew 9,000, Rick Warren called mental illness “the last taboo,” and recently it hasn’t seemed that taboo at all. High-profile pastors Perry Noble and John Mark Comer have written candidly about their wrestling matches with depression. About half of self-identified evangelicals now say more than prayer and Bible study are needed to defeat mental disturbances. Efforts like Duke’s Clergy Health Initiative target the risks involved when a pastor’s well-being depends on ministry “success.” We’ve put programs and hotlines in place.

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