Chester Bennington Wife Talinda Announced Festival on Mental Health
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.
Related: A Year Since Chester’s Death
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:
We are thrilled to announce the 320 Festival and welcome all to L.A. LIVE on May 9th! Come join us for a day dedicated to normalizing mental health conversations and providing resources.https://t.co/ksxLsFDPeu pic.twitter.com/qIVlVDlJsz
— Talinda Bennington-Friedman (@TalindaB) March 9, 2020
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:
Listening to some unbelievably inspiring but also heartbreaking conversations here at @320festival . Reduce the stigma, recognize signs of declining mental health in the people around you, find the courage to ask for help when you need it.
— GRAN (@grandson) March 10, 2020
May 9th! 320 Festival! Los Angeles! Free Event! I’ll be there hosting a round table mental health podcast and book club. More information about this incredible day of panels, music, discussions and resources at https://t.co/itz2NNcTMA https://t.co/F0hHgKJoFr
— Anna Shinoda (@AnnaShinoda) March 9, 2020
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:
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) March 13, 2019