Chester Bennington’s Widow Awarded ‘Mental Health Ambassador’ Honour
Late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda Bennington has been honoured with a ‘Mental Health Ambassador’ award.
Thank you to @DidiHirsch for honoring me with this award. It is a huge honor to receive this award on its 27th year! I am proud to work alongside this organization. They are an abundance of resources and support to those in need! pic.twitter.com/Fp0R0Gq0Ou
— Talinda Bennington-Friedman (@TalindaB) April 24, 2020
After Chester’s suicide in July 2017, Talinda partnered with the Campaign To Change Direction to create 320 Changes Direction (their goal is to help families struggling with mental health issues).
In the video Talinda posted online, she said, “In July of 2017, I lost my husband, the father of my children, Chester Bennington, to suicide. After [his death], I quickly realised that there was a lot of stigma surrounding suicide and mental health. And I co-founded 320 Changes Direction in his name. I had the privilege to work with the Didi Hirsch Center in many different capacities – by hosting the 5K run as well as doing an Instagram takeover.”
She added: “I could not be more proud of the Didi Hirsch organization and all of the opportunities, resources and support groups that they provide for families in need, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.”
A feel-good story from the ashes of one of the most devastating losses in rock music.
R.I.P. Chester. We miss you. And congrats Talinda. Well deserved.