To mark what would have been late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington‘s 42nd birthday today, his widow Talinda Bennington and the 320 Changes Direction organization is hoping to spread the word for mental health advocacy as a tribute to the fallen vocalist, who took his own life last July.
Talinda has partnered with the Campaign to Change Direction for her initiative, which is aimed at helping people with emotional struggles rather than isolating them, and encouraging conversations about mental health rather than avoiding them.
Talinda is asking for fans to lend a “hand” in a social media campaign that is designed to get people discussing the five signs of emotional suffering and to get people practicing the healthy habits of emotional well-being.
Her request reads in part, “I ask that you post a picture of yourself holding up your hand, which symbolizes you know the Five Signs. Write ‘I AM THE CHANGE’ on your hand and please use #320ChangesDirection.” She added, “Because we are the CHANGE in our mental health culture. Every one of us is changing it by sharing your thoughts, offering support, and by simply being aware that we have our mental health to care for.”
Talinda continued, “The passing of my husband cannot be in vain. His passing was a catalyst for opening up dialogue with respect to emotional and mental health. Throughout his life, he saved countless lives with his music and philanthropy. And through his death, he continues to save lives by spotlighting the urgent need for a change in our mental health culture.”