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Chester Bennington Wife Talinda Announced Festival on Mental Health

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Now a widow, Chester Bennington’s wife Talinda has announced a festival for mental health that will take place in Los Angeles later this year in 2020. After her husband’s suicide back in 2017, she established the 320 Changes Direction organization. This organization will team up with Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman to launch their first 320 Festival. The news about Linkin Park’s lead vocalist dying in a suicide attempt hit millions of fans across the globe, with the major reason being depression. Since then, the nu-metal band has failed to bring on a new vocalist and has largely faded into the past.

Chester’s Wife Talinda Aims To Talk About Mental Issues

In the 320 Festival, Chester Bennington’s wife seeks to bring awareness to mental health issues. She will do so by utilizing a film festival, a community festival, a benefit concert and a summit on mental health. Unite the United Foundation will hold the festival, and all the proceeds will go towards the 320 Festival nonprofit organizations. Talinda Bennington-Friedman announced on Twitter where she posted a couple of pictures about the event. Take a look below:

According to NME, wife Talinda said:

“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. 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.”

The move has been received positively by many, like Anna Shinoda and Gran who also voiced their support for the festival:

Coincidently, on March 9 Linkin Park released its super hit In The End that reached Billboard’s No. 1 back in 2002. Last year Mike Shinoda turned a concert crowd into an emotional wreck as he sang Chester Bennington’s One More Light in London. Take a look at the excerpt of the performance below:

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