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Talinda Bennington has launched a special “Change Direction” campaign to celebrate her late husband Chester Bennington's birthday.
“To honor Chester Bennington's Bday-I’m asking you to Change Direction. On March 20th, post a pic holding up your hand, which symbolizes you know the 5 signs of emotional well-being. Write “I AM THE CHANGE” on your hand. Because the change begins within ourselves.”
Read her tweet below:
To honor @ChesterBe Bday-I’m asking you to Change Direction. On March 20th,Post a pic holding up your hand ��, which symbolizes you know the 5 signs of emotional well-being. Write “I AM THE CHANGE” on your hand. Bcuz the change begins within ourselves https://t.co/bZ2yDAq3y1
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) March 7, 2018
It's part of 320's bigger Changes Direction campaign, a resource for friends and family members who are seeking answers to questions about mental health, mental illness and addiction so that they can support the people in their lives who are suffering emotionally.
Talinda recently took part in the Canadian Event Safety Summit, speaking about mental illness and what she's learned since Chester's death.
“He struggled with addiction and depression, two things I have never struggled with,” Bennington explains. “Over time, I came to learn that taking care of your mental health is, as I said before, as important as taking care of your physical health.
“When Chester died, it was a complete surprise…We had a very dear friend, Chris Cornell, take his life, and I felt OK, Chester sees what Vicky and the kids are going through, and this would never happen. So we went on a family trip…My husband was full of life. He was very excited to be promoting his new album, so he was happy. He gave me his goodbye; he gave my kids his goodbye, and I never saw him again.”
She explains that his death began her journey of normalizing mental health and knowing that it's OK to not be OK—and to ask for help when you need it.
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