Police reported that Bennington’s driver made the call to 911. His housekeeper found the singer’s body. The housekeeper was frantic and weeping at the front door of the singer’s home. She could be heard in the background as his driver called to report that Bennington had hung himself.
Bennington had a history of depression and anxiety for quite a long time. He chose to take his life on the day of his friend, Chris Cornell’s birthday, who had also committed suicide on May 17 of this year.
When Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda heard about his colleagues passing he was shocked like many of his friends and fans. People are still talking about what would cause such a young and talented guy to end his life.
Lately, we’ve been losing a lot of celebrities to suicide. It proves that fame and riches don’t make you immune to the highs and lows of life. However, It’s a bigger problem when it’s a condition that takes a tight grip on your life. For those of us who have walked in his shoes, we understand that for some, it is too difficult to endure.
No one likes to speak about it too loudly for fear of being labeled a mentally ill person. Others chime in with shock or anger; even ridicule and can’t understand why anyone would do such a thing. Others are sad at the loss of another person to suicide. Loved ones are left behind to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. They may feel guilty for not seeing the signs or not being able to help.
The shaming and silence on this mental illness needs to stop. People are dying, for God’s sake. How long does this have to continue? Is everyone that busy or blind to what is happening to our friends and loved ones!?
I hope we all take a hard look at this crisis and do something about it.
I take this very personally, because we lost a nephew to suicide. He was 23 when he lost his life. Most of my family suffers from bouts of depression and anxiety. Including me.
I wouldn’t wish this curse on my worst enemy. I’m grateful to have come out on the other side of the door to my experience with depression. But I can relate to what Chester Bennington must have been going through. I feel so sad for his wife and his children.
A family member that I love with all my heart read about this tragic story. She was reading the comments people were making about Chester killing himself and it struck a nerve. She felt that some of the comments were cruel and unfair.
I’m including her feelings in this article. It was what she said that compelled me to include it. She had never voiced her true feelings to me or anyone else in our family. We knew she had this illness, but not to this extent. It left me shaken.
This is her life living with depression and anxiety.
I’ve been seeing a lot of people making comments on Chester killing himself and saying, “how sad, please reach out to someone if it’s that bad.” Also, saying, “he was a coward and he took the easy way out, how could he do that to his kids.”
I don’t think killing your self is taking the easy way out.. I mean, think about it. That has to take a ton of sadness for you to actually do it.
I have had anxiety and depression my whole life, but I don’t think I could ever kill myself, because it’s terrifying and I am too much of a coward to die. I mean, I don’t know if that makes sense. I’m not saying it makes you “strong” to kill yourself, but I definitely don’t think it’s the “easy” way out.. and I don’t think when people kill themselves they are thinking about how it will affect others. Personally, a lot of the times my depression makes me feel extremely alone and I don’t mean in the sense that, “oh, I’m so lonely someone pay attention to me,” but you feel hopeless and helpless like no one will ever understand the magnitude of the immense overwhelming dread you are feeling that makes you feel like you can’t go on.
You feel like everyone hates you and is judging your every move. While that might not be true and even if you know it’s not true your mind won’t let you believe it. Especially if you throw drugs into it —your mind is not right.
I just don’t see how people can say “reach out if your depressed”—but then judge someone like that.
it doesn’t make sense, at least, to me it doesn’t.
I also read that he had been molested as a child. That also throws another thing into it. Everyone can handle different levels of stress and anxiety and not everyone can deal with it the same way.
At the end of the day, I believe he lost all hope and that’s why he ended his life and that to me is extremely sad.
Sometimes I feel hopeless and in that moment it is the worst feeling. So to come to the very end of that must be extremely painful to the point where you just can’t pick yourself up anymore.
You always hear people say talk to me if you’re sad or upset, but everyone’s going through their own thing. So to someone who’s that depressed, they might have felt blown off by everyone.
I’ve been there, where someone wants to “listen” —but you can tell they really aren’t and I’m not saying it’s that person’s fault. Like, I said everyone has their own problems going on and we don’t realize we aren’t always that available. But if your depressed you have it in your mind that your the problem and no one cares. Sometimes it’s hard to fix that.
Anyway, sorry for the rant. I’m not trying to debate. I just wanted to give some insight..and seriously if you’re going through something like this, I’m willing to talk, because I’ve gone through it and I’m still going through it and probably will for the rest of my life.
Written by Susie P
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