Russell Brand has discussed Chester Bennington‘s suicide on a new episode of his YouTube series The Trews.
“One of the things that’s interesting about it was he spoke openly about depression,” Brand said. “I suppose one of the things we think is ‘Oh if you’re having a conversation about it, that if you’re open about it, you will be exempted. It won’t happen to you.'”
He quoted statistics that show a 40 percent rise in suicide since 2008, of which 80 percent of victims are male. “We’re aware of how vulnerable adolescents are to suicide and, of course, there’s no particular demographic whose suicide is more sad or more tragic,” he added. “But it’s interesting when a pattern, phenomena or trend seems to emerge.
Brand spoke about the issue of men taking their lives as they reached middle age. He said: “Many are saying that both of these recent suicides are a point to the idea of disillusionment, dissatisfaction, that is more pronounced in the case of famous and successful men, but it’s probably something that all men this age experience.”
As Radio X reports, he also discussed his own experience of suicide. “I know I’ve had thoughts of suicide before, and the reason I’ve not carried it out is that I’ve always been fortunate enough to have access to other people, who’ve said, ‘Yeah I’ve felt like that, don’t do anything dramatic about it. There are other ways. This is temporary. This will go by.'”
Watch the interview above.
The #RIPCHESTER website also features contact information “in case you or someone you know needs support.” The band shared the website last night (July 22) and tributes have been pouring in.
FOR HELP AND ADVICE ON MENTAL HEALTH:
- YOUNG MINDS – The voice for young people’s health and wellbeing
- CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably for young men
- Time To Change – Let’s end mental health discrimination
- The Samaritans – Confidential support 24 hours a day