Chester Bennington's Teenage Son Is Honoring His Father By Speaking Out About Suicide Prevention

Draven Bennington is making a powerful statement.

Trigger warning: This post discusses suicide.

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington's death by suicide in July has sparked an important conversation about mental health — with everyone from Bennington's bandmates to fellow rockers such as Dave Grohl speaking out. 

More recently, Bennington's son Draven joined the conversation to mark Suicide Prevention Week. The 15-year-old recorded a video, posted on World Suicide Prevention Day, in which he pledges to ask for help should he need it, and encourages others to do the same.

"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," Draven says, as Linkin Park's "Numb" plays in the background. "I want to challenge you to do the same: to help yourself, not hurt yourself." 

Draven and his father appeared together in a photo posted by Bennington's widow Talinda Bennington last week, showing the late singer smiling with his family just days before his death. "Suicidal thoughts were there, but you'd [never know]," Talinda wrote.

Draven himself touches on this issue in another video with therapist Angelica Guajardo, who speaks about the warning signs of suicide. The teenager shares that his father was "really good at hiding it," adding, "He didn't seem like he was as depressed as he was."

"It still doesn't feel like it actually happened," Draven says of his experience. "You always think that maybe he's on vacation ... Maybe he'll pop back up."

Draven's mother, Bennington's first wife Samantha, also appears with him in one of the videos. We admire them for speaking out about this important issue at such a difficult time.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a trained counselor.

Hear what Draven had to say in the videos below:

(H/T: Billboard)

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