Chester Bennington’s Widow, Talinda, Has Been Honoured With A Mental Health Ambassador Award
Talinda Bennington-Friedman, widow of the late Linkin Park frontman Chester, has been honoured with an award for her efforts to change the culture surrounding mental health via her work with 320 Changes Direction.
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services presented her with the 2020 Mental Health Ambassador Award on Friday, with Talinda saying in a video holding the award that she’s “honoured to be this year’s recipient”, thanking those who had given it to her.
“In July of 2017, I lost my husband, the father of my children, Chester Bennington, to suicide,” she continued. “After [his death], I quickly realised that there was a lot of stigma surrounding suicide and mental health. And I co-founded 320 Changes Direction in his name.
“I had the privilege to work with the Didi Hirsch Center in many different capacities – by hosting the 5K run as well as doing an Instagram takeover,” she continued. “I could not be more proud of the Didi Hirsch organisation and all of the opportunities, resources and support groups that they provide for families in need, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.”
When 320 Changes Direction was founded, Talinda said in a statement: “The idea for 320 was born out of my personal experience and the recognition that we can do better to address the needs of those who are suffering with mental health concerns and addiction.
“So here is what I learned. We don’t need to create more programs – there are good ones out there. But we do need to do two things. We need to streamline access to the help that is available. And 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.”
Congratulations, Talinda! Very well deserved.
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