His death in July shocked many across the world and really hit home the problems that lie behind mental health issues.
Chester Bennington, the front man of Linkin Park, committed suicide on July 20 after suffering from severe depression.
Now, in a special video, his wife, Talinda, has shared footage of him laughing and joking with family members just 36 hours before he took his own life.
In an emotional tribute on Twitter, she wrote: “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.”
In her next post she wrote: “This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much and we loved him #f***depression #MakeChesterProud.”
The video attached to the post shows Chester seemingly playing a game with some of his family, eating some sour tasting sweets.
The two hashtags have become common from Talinda in wake of her husband death as she grows an online community to support people with depression and help those affected by Chester’s death.
It comes just days after Chester’s 15-year-old son Draven Bennington released three videos for National Suicide Prevention Week in the wake of his father’s death.
In one of the videos he is asked about the warning signs of depression, and if he noticed anything had changed within his father.
He responded: “He was really good at hiding it. I saw him a week before and I would not be able to tell one thing that was different.”
He added: “I thought everything was going great.”
Both these videos show that mental health issues do not discriminate.
If your friend, or anyone around you, is claiming that Chester’s death is selfish, it’s worth explaining the following to them: someone may be blessed with material wealth, popularity and album sales, but it does not instantly mean that the demons in their mind are any less than that of someone with none of those things.
“If anything, fame and wealth can cause more problems, mentally,” Janine, a psychology and mental health expert from Staffordshire said.
“Though it might not seem it, the amount of pictures taken of you, the amount of people who see you across the internet or on stage, the idea that a lot is expected of you and the fact that you’re not necessarily living a ‘normal’ life, per se, can have a negative effect on the mind.
“Anyone can be affected by mental health, no matter what. It’s how it’s dealt, ultimately, that causes consequences, either bad or good. Unfortunately we live in a time when these issues, particularly in men, aren’t spoken about enough.
“It gets said a lot, but there’s a stigma surrounding the topic. People need to realise this is no joke.”