Bennington passed away in July after taking his own life. He was just 41-years-old. The late Linkin Park frontman would have turned 42 today (March 20), so his widow is working to launch the Campaign to Change Direction – highlighting the signs of depression and encouraging fans to ‘lend a hand’ to those suffering. She is calling upon fans to know the symptoms of depression, as well as sharing “healthy habits of emotional well-being”.
“Thank you for your time and attention to this request,” wrote Talinda in a message to fans. “To honour Chester’s birthday, I have decided that 320 Changes Direction will do a call to action via social media. I’m asking you to promise to learn the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering and the Healthy Habits of Emotional Well-being.”
She continued: “I ask that you post a picture of yourself holding up your hand, which symbolizes you know the Five Signs. Write “I AM THE CHANGE” on your hand and please use #320ChangesDirection. Because we are the CHANGE in our mental health culture. Every one of us is changing it by sharing your thoughts, offering support, and by simply being aware that we have our mental health to care for.”
Bennington added: “The passing of my husband cannot be in vain. His passing was a catalyst for opening up dialogue with respect to emotional and mental health. Throughout his life, he saved countless lives with his music and philanthropy. And through his death, he continues to save lives by spotlighting the urgent need for a change in our mental health culture.
“It’s up to us to change the way we think of mental health, to acknowledge that everyone has their own mental health to care for, and to end stigma and shame when we need to seek help for it.
I’ve included a message that you can copy & paste to your twitter account and/ or any other social media platforms you choose.”
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) March 18, 2018
Fans have since taken online to share their support for the campaign:
RT @hstahl1228: I know the 5 signs, because I've lived through them…join the movement, don't wait until it's too late. "When life, leaves you blind. Love keeps us kind" Happy Birthday♡#320changesdirection#makechesterproud#fuckdepression https://t.co/m2FP4Lofgo
— Greetings and Wishes (@WishesGreetings) March 20, 2018
@TalindaB@mikeshinoda @linkinpark @joehahnLP @phoenixlp @BradDelson #320ChangesDirection #Celebrate320 #changementalhealth #FuckDepression #Fansfor320Changes #FansforLinkinPark #ChesterBenningtion #MakeChesterProud pic.twitter.com/voiFIv8tEV
— Linkin Park Austria (@LPAustria) March 20, 2018
On my own #IAmTheChange together #WeAreTheChange @ChesterBe you left us a legacy to love one an other to be kind to lift each other up never leave a soldier down and to be the voices that make a difference every single day #MakeChesterProud #320ChangesDirection pic.twitter.com/pfqXGfZohr
— Caroline (@Cazzacookie68) March 20, 2018
— Gê Franco (@mariagefranco) March 20, 2018
— Priscilla. (@hamtashiho) March 20, 2018
@ChesterBe Happy Birthday !! ❤️ this day is very painful ? but I hope you are happy ? I love you so much ❤️ I miss you forever ?❤️ I can't find words that express what I feel now ?? #320ChangesDirection #IAmTheChange pic.twitter.com/jc38XBKhzJ
— Maja.Auer ?? (@CastleofGlass41) March 20, 2018