It has been a year since Chester Bennington, front-man of rock group Linkin Park, died by suicide. It was a shock that was seen from both rock music lovers to the general public.
The death was not the first and would not be the last in a string from 2017 to 2018. But it does emphasis the power of music therapy for many and an unity that followed his death.
Bennington had opened up about how music positively contributed to his mental health recovery process. In an interview Bennington said, “ It’s cool to be a part of recovery. This is just who I am, this is what I write about, what I do, and most my work has been a reflection of what I’ve been going through in one way or another.”
His fight with depression and mental health was an informative resource for his fans. His legacy can be seen in the tidal wave of support and initiative that came from his memory.
Talinda Bennington, Bennington’s wife, began a partnership with “Give an Hour” and “Change Direction”. Both programs main focus is to assist and raise awareness of mental health.
Today, July 20th, marks the anniversary of his death by suicide. His life is honored by the amount of awareness and support the mental health community has received.
His fellow bandmates Mike Shinoda, Joe Han, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson wrote, “To our brother Chester, it has been a year since your passing — a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it (still) feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light.”