Chester Bennington’s Widow Reaches Out To Fans About Depression

By Kelly Burch 09/07/17

In honor of her late husband, Talinda Bennington took to Twitter to start a conversation about mental health and offer support to Linkin Park fans.

Chester and Talinda Bennington
Chester and Talinda Bennington

Less than two months after her husband died by suicide, the widow of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington is discussing mental health with fans on Twitter using the hashtags #FuckDepression and #MakeChesterProud. 

“If my husband’s death saves one life, then it’s not in vain,” Talinda Bennington tweeted on Sept. 4. Two minutes later she tweeted, “We should make a hashtag. Chester would have loved it. #fuckdepression.”

Bennington’s Twitter feed soon filled up with Linkin Park fans sharing their own mental health struggles. Bennington responded to them with messages of love and support, and encouraged others to do the same. 

One fan wrote, “Every day I think of killing myself, it’s been years. and I do not know why I have not yet done it, I’m so tired. but for now I’m here.” Bennington responded, “LP family, we have another soldier feeling down… Let’s show [her] she is worthy and important. #fuckdepression #MakeChesterProud.”

Other fans tweeted their own commitment to seeking help for their depression or mental health issues. 

As the hashtag caught on Bennington tweeted, “Do u realize the impact that EACH of you are making to someone who’s in need? Every comment to uplift another is lifesaving! #fuckdepression”

Chester Bennington was found dead in his home on July 20. The singer was 41 years old. After his death Talinda Bennington released a statement, according to It read: 

“How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive. He was a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice. And now he is pain free singing his songs in all of our hearts. May God Bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.”

On Twitter, Bennington said that seeing fans come together to support each other was healing for her. 

“Watching this #fuckdepression community grow & how you are loving & supporting each other, that heals me too. And we are just getting started,” she wrote

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.