Chester Bennington’s teenage son has recorded a video clip to challenge people to ‘help’ and not ‘hurt’ themselves.
15-year-old Draven Sebastien Bennington bravely spoke out in the short clip which was recorded as part of Suicide Prevention Day.
Draven’s dad Chester, lead singer of Linkin Park, was found dead at his LA home in July, shocking the music industry as well as fans around the world.
I want to make a commitment that I will talk to someone before I hurt myself, when I’m feeling depressed or sad or going through a hard week or month or year.
And I want to challenge you to do the same, to help yourself, not hurt yourself.
The Linkin Park frontman left behind his wife and six children when he took his life. Since then his widow, Talinda, has been active on social media, talking to fans and raising awareness for mental health.
Last week Talinda shared a photo of the family taken just days before Chester died.
She wrote underneath the photo ‘suicidal thoughts were there, but you’d never know’.
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) September 7, 2017
Chester’s death came on what would’ve been the 53rd birthday of Chris Cornell, a close friend of Chester’s, who also took his own life after a gig in May.
The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead at the MGM Grand in Detroit shortly after playing a gig at the city’s Fox Theatre on May 18, he was aged 52.
— Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) May 18, 2017
Please don’t suffer in silence. If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, call Samaritans on their free 24-hour hotline on 116 123.