What Chester Bennington’s Death Tells Us About The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health
I’m sure I’m amongst many in sharing the sense of deep sadness I felt upon reading the news of the death of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park. Although the band may be perceived as an eclectic mix of controversial rap lyrics accompanied by a raging metal guitar sound, Linkin Park has played a big part in my teenage years and sure many will share the sentiment.
What shocked me most about the news is that Chester Bennington has reportedly hanged himself after a life-long struggle with mental illness; he has reportedly been open about being molested as a child, and later struggled with drug and alcohol problems.
On a daily basis, my job involves dealing with people that suffer from mental illness and have an ever-growing perspective on the daily effects this has on people. The main theme that arises in me talking to people who suffer with mental illness is that they have been so scared to open up and talk about it. This is until they have reached breaking point and they had no other choice but to face themselves. This saddens me deeply, because in many situations, so much can be done if the mental health issues are dealt with earlier on.
Chester Bennington arguably approached his mental illness through musical expression and am sure has touched many people that listen to his music who can empathise with his fragile, emotive lyrics. As such, he is arguably an ambassador for showing how music can be used as an expressive form of positivity, reflected in him setting up the fund Music for Relief with the rest of Linkin Park.
Although I cannot write lyrics as emotive and fragile as Chester Bennington, I truly hope that I can be an ambassador of tackling mental health illness and play my part in it being addressed as a lawyer in the Stress at Work department here at Michael Lewin Solicitors.