My heart breaks at the recent news of Chester Bennington's death, his suicide. Linkin Park meant a lot to so many people - for all of us who didn't know what to do but just close our eyes and listen to music. We were understood in lyrics. Some of you know what I'm talking about; at some point a song or band has been the only way you go through something difficult. It's often the least condemning and safest haven we know.
Chester Bennington was a survivor of sexual abuse. He was open about his past and struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. He spoke about being able to vent the pain and negative things through his music. He found solace in writing poetry, in drawing, and in music. He encouraged others to do the same. Speak your pain. Find a way to vent it. Let it go.
For every person struggling today, and for the sexual trauma community there's a message I think Nate Hilpert wrote perfectly in his article for HeartSupport:
It's hard to ask for help, but if you don't ask for help you may not get it. And keep trying until you find someone who will listen and bring understanding. The number one thing I can say is it's either going to get better or it's going to get different.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of self-harm and suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255. You are not alone. If you are a victim of sexual abuse, please call the National Sexual Assault hotline at 800-656-4673 for help and to talk. You are not alone. Help is available 24/7.
p.s. you can get the full article at heartsupport.com and search for the advice for any day booklet.
"Remember all the sadness and frustration. And let it go, let it go"