It’s been almost a year since Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, took his own life, and there were warning signs in the days before his passing according to his widow, Talinda.
“I am now more educated about those signs, but they were definitely there: the hopelessness, the change of behavior, isolation,” Talinda Bennington told CNN.
However, these behaviors weren’t uncommon for Chester Bennington, as he had battled depression for most of his life, explained Talinda. “That was all part of our daily life,” she said. “Sometimes, some signs were there more than others. Sometimes, they weren’t there at all.”
The night before he died, everything seemed normal in the Bennington household. “We were on a family vacation, and he decided to go back home to do a television commercial,” Talinda recalled. “This was not a time where we or any of our family suspected this to happen, which is terrifying. … We thought everything was OK.”
In her husband’s reality though, he was in a pretty dark place. Over the years, he struggled with depression, addiction, and coping with the abuse he suffered as a child. “If we can find good coping mechanisms, if we have people we trust that we can talk to, that helps us to make better choices for ourselves,” she said. “And my husband didn’t have that in a lot of situations.”
If you have a loved one that you suspect might have suicidal ideations, here’s a list of signs that you should look for.
– Talking More About Death
– Becomes Withdrawn
– Shows Despair
– Mood Swings
– Sleep Pattern changes
– Drinking or Drug Use
– Reckless Behavior
Start asking questions and get your loved ones the help they need before it’s too late.
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