On 20 July 2017, Chester Bennington, the iconic frontman of Linkin Park, committed suicide. He is survived by his wife and kids. His wife Talinda has, since then, tried to put more of a spotlight on the bane of depression, something that Chester himself suffered from, and what is probably the reason he’s not here today.
A common misconception is that people suffering from depression are incapable of feeling joy, and remain consistently low. Talinda wanted to set the record straight, and make people understand that there are several layers to this complicated mental illness. She tweeted a video that shows Chester with his family, laughing and playing around mirthfully. Heartbreakingly, this video was shot a mere 36 hours before Chester took his own life.
My next tweet is the most personal tweet I have ever done. I’m showing this so that you know that depression doesn’t have a face or a mood.— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) September 16, 2017
This really works to raise awareness about how insidious depression is, and how difficult it is to really see what’s going on inside the mind of a person suffering from it.