Chester Bennington’s son shares powerful message for Suicide Prevention Week
Draven Bennington, the 15-year-old son of late rocker Chester Bennington advocates for suicide prevention in three new videos, two months after his father took his own life. The clips were recorded for the annual National Suicide Prevention Week, which takes place this week from Sept. 10 through Sept. 16.
As the two-month anniversary of the Linkin Park star’s tragic death approaches, Draven – son of Chester and his first wife Samantha Olit – appears in three videos: in the first one, he is alone and while an instrumental of the rock group’s hit Numb plays in the background, he 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. And I want to challenge you to do the same – to help yourself, not hurt yourself.”
The second video is filmed at the restaurant in Malibu where Samantha and Draven celebrated the teenager’s birthday with Chester in April. Draven and Samantha concluded the video by sharing the phone number for the suicide prevention lifeline: (800)-273-8255.
The third video, released on the third day of National Suicide Prevention Week, is a discussion of warning signs between Draven and therapist Angelica Guajardo. ‘It still doesn’t feel like it happened. You aways think that maybe he’s on vacation and someone just found someone else. Maybe he’ll pop back up,’ says the boy. ‘It’s hard because sometimes you just sit down, you start thinking about it. I came across old home videos that he had, things like that. … It sucks.”
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