Chester Bennington's Teenage Son Shares Video for National Suicide Prevention Week
The late singer's son, mother and first wife posted videos encouraging others to seek help.
National Suicide Prevention Week is recognized every year in September — this year, from Sept. 10-16. On Sunday (Sept. 10), which was World Suicide Prevention Day, a video appeared on YouTube from the late Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington's 15-year-old son, Draven.
In the 30-second clip, posted to YouTube by user "Sergey P," Draven looks straight into the camera and says, "Hi, I'm Draven Bennington, and I'm here on National Suicide Prevention Week. I want to make a commitment that I will talk to someone before I hurt myself when I'm feeling depressed, sad or going through a hard week, month or year. I want to challenge you to do the same — to help yourself, not hurt yourself."
As Draven speaks, Linkin Park's iconic 2004 single "Numb" plays in the background.
On Wednesday night (Sept. 13), the same YouTube user posted another video featuring Draven and Samantha Bennington — his mother and Chester Bennington's first wife. Together, they tell the camera, "We want to be here to be of service and help." Later in the video Draven says, "It still doesn't feel like it actually happened. You always think that maybe he's on vacation and someone just found someone else. Maybe he'll pop back up. … It's hard because sometimes you just sit down, you start thinking about — like, I came across old home videos that he had, things like that. It sucks."
Chester Bennington died by suicide on July 20, 2017. He was 41 years old. He leaves behind six children and his wife, Talinda.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.