Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, allegedly hanged himself in his home on July 20, 2017. Bennington, who had struggled with depression and drug abuse in the past, was associated with the American rock band since 1998, two years after the band was formed. Described as a vocal powerhouse, Bennington, 41, went ahead to become the lead singer of the band.
Confirming the news of Bennington’s death, band member Mike Shinoda tweeted, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” A statement was also released by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) that read, “We recently learned of the death of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of LINKIN PARK. Based on reports, we understand that Mr. Bennington died by suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers its condolences to his family, friends, and everyone touched by Bennington and his music.”
While Bennington’s sudden demise has shocked friends and fans alike, a question here arises that what forced the well-known singer to take his own life. Bennington had, in the past, shared his thoughts about contemplating suicide owing to the agony he faced because of childhood abuse. The demons of his past continued to linger in his present life, thus, subjecting him to mental torture and consequent emotional disorders. It made him a victim of alcohol and drug abuse that further exacerbated his psychological condition.
Substance abuse, a vogue among most musicians
The history of rock music is filled with episodes of musicians stoned and drugged during performance or involved in some untoward incidents under the influence of illicit substances. Factors like fame, stress, money and a fast-paced lifestyle may result in singers and musicians falling prey to harmful substances. Nevertheless, one cannot negate that indulgence in illicit substances may also be a result of undiagnosed psychiatric illnesses.
Bennington’s ultimate decision to free himself of his emotional pain has also raised familiar questions about mental health struggles that many people live with each day of their lives. While it is common for people to misconstrue famed and successful people as invincible and happy and that nothing can go wrong in their lives, what needs to be understood is that mental disorders can affect anyone at any time.
Suicidal thought, a common symptom of worsening mental health
Fleeting considerations of suicidal ideation may creep inside when people find themselves alone in their suffering. While not many people carry it through, the risk of some ending their own lives can be lowered largely by availing necessary mental health treatment. Tendencies to alleviate the turmoil inside by unbridled abuse of certain substances only worsen the individuals’ emotional state and lower chances of complete recovery.
As per latest figures published by the AFSP, about 43,000 people in the U.S. succumb to suicidal steps every year, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death among Americans. An assessment of the conditions leading to people taking the extreme step revealed that roughly 90 percent of those who died by suicide had been detected with some kind of psychiatric illness at the time of their death.
Treating mental health conditions
Not one single factor can be attributed to suicide. Committing suicide can be the result of many reasons, including masked psychological health condition. Increased awareness of issues affecting mental health conditions, potential risks and efficient behavioral interventions can help lower prevalence of suicide across the nation.
If you or a loved one is manifesting tendencies of committing suicide or suicide ideation and would like to consult a mental health expert for suicidal ideation disorder treatment in Los Angeles, Sovereign Health can help. Call our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online with one of our experts to know about our state-of-the-art suicidal ideation disorder treatment centers in Los Angeles and other parts of the U.S.