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Late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda has released the final publicly released video of Chester, filmed on July 18, 2017, 36 hours prior to his death.
She tweeted, “My next tweet is the most personal tweet I have ever done. I’m showing this so that you know that depression doesn’t have a face or a mood.”
“This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much & we loved him. #fuckdepression #MakeChesterProud.”
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) September 16, 2017
Late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda was interviewed by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx on Sixx Sense Thursday night. This is the first interview Talinda Bennington has done since her husband’s death. Alternative Nation transcribed some quotes from the interview. Talinda discussed the #FuckDepression hashtag she created.
“One of those sleepless nights, I was on Twitter and reading through hundreds of condolences to myself and my children. I started to notice that fans were saying they were hurting, and they didn’t know what to do. It weighed heavily on my heart, because their words were comforting me. I just thought to myself, what if we could just talk to each other?
My husband and the band worked for 20+ years creating this amazing fanbase, just a strong network of people, they’ve made themselves as human as possible to everybody. I just thought, you know what, I’m going to use that. So somebody had tweeted me that her sister had committed suicide in December, and six days later her other sister committed suicide, and then her mother was dying of cancer. I just tweeted out, ‘LP family, let’s let her know she’s loved and needed.’ That just kind of took off.
Mike started #MakeChesterProud, which I thought was awesome, trying to spread positivity, so I tagged that. Somebody on Twitter said, ‘I’m so sick of being depressed all my life, [fuck] depression.’ I read that, and I just heard Chester, because he was always saying the F word.”
Nikki said, “He loved the F word, oh my god.”
Talinda responded, “Right? Trying living with that, with our children. I’m always telling him, ‘Babe, stop.’ He would tell the kids, ‘When you pay your own bills, you can talk like this.’ So I just saw Chester saying [fuck] depression, so I thought, we should create a hashtag, and it just took off.”
She also said, “When I’m feeling down, I just jump on Twitter, and retweet positivity, and retweet awareness.”
Nikki said, “I remember dealing with depression myself around drug addiction. I felt so alone. I didn’t want to talk to my band about it. Thank god I got sober, and then I did have access to counselors etc. But I think back in the 80’s if there would have been social media, and I would have maybe reached out and said something, I would have got this feedback.
You could have literally chemically change your body, because I feel depression in a lot of cases it’s long term, but I also felt in at least my experience and some of my friends, it can be very short term. It can come in a burst, so that moment when you retweet that, they might be having that burst of a moment, and you literally, it’s like slapping someone across the face to wake them up.”
Talinda responded, “My best friend is a psychologist, and she’s told me about writing positive affirmations. One positive thought can change a neuropathway. A neuropathway that might tend to go to something negative, if you read a positive thought every day, or you’re told something positive, it can change that neuropathway into a positive thought.”
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) September 15, 2017