Chester Bennington's Widow Discusses The Warning Signs That Lead To His Suicide

June 26, 2018

Talinda Bennington, widow of late Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, recently appeared on the CNN special Finding Hope: Battling America's Suicide Crisis to discuss her experience dealing with the loss of her husband from suicide.

When asked by Cooper if in retrospect, she recognized some of the warning signs, she responded, "Absolutely there were. I am now more educated about those signs. They were definitely there - the hopelessness, the change of behavior, the isolation, that was all part of our daily life. Sometimes some signs were there more than others, sometimes they weren't there at all, as the case of right before he passed."

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Some of the common warning signs of someone contemplating suicide are:

  • Feeling hopeless, like a burden to others
  • Deppression, anxiety
  • Lack of interest, withdrawing
  • Easily angered or agitated
  • Increased drinking or substance use

Hosted by Anderson Cooper, Talinda described the circumstances that piled on Chester as, "It's a lifetime of building blocks to unhealthy, mental behavior, emotional pain and if we can find good coping mechanisms, if we have people we can trust, that we can talk to, that helps us to make better choices for ourselves. And my husband didn't have that in a lot of situations." 

It will have been nearly one year since the loss of Chester Bennington on July 20th, 2017.

If you, or someone you know may be struggling with thoughts of suicide, please do not hesitate to call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.