WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, July 21, 2017 Chester Bennington, Linkin Park frontman, died from suicide yesterday at the age of 41.
Bennington was close friends with singer Chris Cornell, frontman of Soundgarden, who died by suicide on May 20, 2017. Yesterday would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Important dates, anniversaries, and birthdays of those lost to suicide can be difficult for survivors. Suicide loss survivors—those who have lost a friend or loved one to suicide—are at elevated risk for suicide, themselves. AAS Loss Survivor Division Chair Janet Schnell says, “After a suicide death, loss survivors can experience many depressive symptoms. For me, it was harder on anniversary dates, holidays, and when I would see things that reminded me of my brother.”
We can never speculate as to a single cause for a suicide. There is always a combination of complicated factors. What we do know is that every suicide death significantly affects over 100 people. “More than half of Americans personally know someone who has died by suicide, and we are all affected when a celebrity to whom we feel connected ends their life,” according to AAS president Julie Cerel.
Exposure to suicide, especially to close relations or beloved public figures, can increase risk. Be aware of those around you, check in with them, and ask them how you can help. If you are personally affected, please reach out and seek support.
Suicide prevention resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org) – 800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line (http://crisistextline.org) – Text HOME to 741-741
Teen TXT Crisis Line 855-448-1212
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