It’s OK not to be OK.

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It was July of last year when we sadly lost another talented gem in the industry, Chester Bennington. He struggled with the demons inside his head, in which we call depression; a dark entity that people should learn to take seriously.

Thankfully, Chester’s widow, Talinda Bennington, took to Twitter to commemorate his birthday (March 20) by spreading mental health awareness. “To honor Chester Bennington’s Bday-I’m asking you to Change Direction. On March 20th, post a pic holding up your hand, which symbolizes you know the 5 signs of emotional well-being. Write “I AM THE CHANGE” on your hand. Because the change begins within ourselves.

Fans are asked to post photos of themselves holding up their hands, with “I AM THE CHANGE” written on them to symbolize an awareness of the five signs of emotional well-being: “take care,” “check in,” “engage,” “relax,” and “know.”.  A link to 320 Changes Direction was included in the tweet. Change Direction is Talinda’s approach to “change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness.”

The campaign to Change Direction is an open resource for loved ones and friends who are looking for answers to questions about mental health and illness so that they can help, support, and guide the people in their lives who are suffering.

“He struggled with addiction and depression, two things I have never struggled with,” Talinda explains. “Over time, I came to learn that taking care of your mental health is, as I said before, as important as taking care of your physical health.

When Chester died, it was a complete surprise…We had a very dear friend, Chris Cornell, take his life, and I felt OK, Chester sees what Vicky and the kids are going through, and this would never happen. So we went on a family trip…My husband was full of life. He was very excited to be promoting his new album, so he was happy. He gave me his goodbye; he gave my kids his goodbye, and I never saw him again.

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