R.I.P. Chester Bennington

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Today I heard the news that Chester Bennington from Linkin Park died of Suicide and my heart is broken. His music always helped me deal with sadness and depression when I was younger. Hearing that he lost his battle with substance abuse and depression really hit me hard. What’s worse is that as I’m mourning, along with many other fans, there are people who believe we do not have the right to be sad about losing Chester Bennington. So, to those people…
If you don’t believe someone should be mourned bc they took their own life and you keep mentioning how you “overcame depression, so obviously they could have also”, then I think it’s time you start working on becoming more empathetic and less judgmental. Being Christian doesn’t give you the right to throw scripture at people who are sad and mourning someone. Mental illness should be taken seriously, because suicide is a serious issue in our society.
 
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US
  • Each year 44,193 Americans die by suicide
  • The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 13.26 per 100,000 individuals.
  • On average, there are 121 suicides per day.
  • Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women.
  • White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2015.

The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular.

Next time someone is mourning the death of someone who has taken their own life, take a moment to think about the people they left behind and how difficult that decision may have been on them, right before they killed themselves.

Many times a person does not want to die, they simply do not know how to cope with life and do not know how to reach out for help. Please don’t be rude to the ones mourning. Don’t judge and try to be kind.

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*If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide, please reach out to someone. Not everyone is judgmental. Many of us truly care and want to help.

Suicide Prevention Life Line

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255*

Love & Peace,

– Jen

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11 thoughts on “R.I.P. Chester Bennington

  1. With all the social media, it is sad to see how prompt some people are at judging others… And although some of them might have had the same opinion if you were talking face to face, being behind a keyboard gives most of them a fake right to act as if they knew it all…

    If only people just stopped and waited a second, and “tried” to imagine how the other person felt before commenting this kind of sad event… *sigh*

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  2. Truly touching post. It’s really gut wrenching hearing people who feel as if we shouldn’t mourn for those who took their own life. We aren’t all each other. I am not you, you are not me. You’re right, people do need to learn how to be a little more empathetic just as you are. The insertion of the statistics, message to readers ensuring that there are people they can reach out to and most of all the inclusion of the prevention line are so important and I can’t be more thankful for all of it. I wasn’t a LInkin Park fan but my heart truly does go out to his family, friends and people like you, the fans, who all deeply care about him.

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  3. People who commit suicide are not cowards. Billions of us scurry along our miserable lives, scared to end it; just a few end it on their terms. I’m not advocating suicide, but let’s just get some perspective here. It takes guts to take a blade, or a gun, or a cocktail of drugs to yourself and go forward with it, I know, I tried and backed off, scared.

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