Happy Birthday, Chester. Wish we could tell it to you in person. He would have turned 42 years young today.
Wishing a happy birthday to our brother @ChesterBe today. In his honor, we are launching a fundraiser on our Facebook page via @musicforrelief's ONE MORE LIGHT FUND, benefiting #320ChangesDirection | donate here: https://t.co/WL6JnI3q6w— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) March 20, 2018
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In honor of his birthday, Chester’s widow, Talinda, launched a new mental health campaign that raises awareness of depression and addiction called 320. From ChangeAddiction.org:
The idea for 320 was born out of my personal experience and the recognition that we can do better to address the needs of those who are suffering with mental health concerns and addiction. For 13 years I watched my husband Chester struggle with depression and substance use. I often felt scared and alone. I was uneducated about the challenges he faced and I wanted information – but finding answers to my questions and available help for our family was very difficult.
After my husband lost his battle with depression and addiction, I knew I had to make a change to the mental health landscape. I began speaking to as many mental health groups as I could find. Whitney Showler and Music For Relief have been very supportive and helpful on this journey.
So here is what I learned. We don’t need to create more programs – there are good ones out there. But we do need to do two things. We need to streamline access to the help that IS available. And we need to change the culture of mental health so that those in need – and their family members – are able to speak openly about their struggles so that they can seek the care they deserve.
I am proud to join Give an Hour, the lead organization for the Campaign to Change Direction, and the Campaign’s 500+ organizations working to drive culture change. And together with Give an Hour and other partners, we will build a new approach to ensure that those in need can easily find help – when they need it.
Read more about 320 HERE.