It’s been two months since Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington took his own life, and his teenage son Draven Sebastian Bennington doing what he can to prevent others from going down the same path.
The 15-year-old boy has filmed two videos in the wake of his father’s death, released in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week.
The first, posted to YouTube on Sunday, features Draven sitting in a garden outside as Linkin Park’s “Numb” plays in the background.
“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 in the clip, after introducing himself. “I want to challenge you to do the same: to help yourself, not hurt yourself.”
In the second video, posted Wednesday, Draven gets a bit more personal about how he’s been doing since losing his father.
“It still doesn’t feel like it actually happened. You always think that maybe he’s on vacation and someone just found someone else,” he tells family therapist Angelica Guajardo. “Maybe he’ll pop back up [like it was a mistake or a bad joke].”
“It’s hard because sometimes you just sit down, you start thinking about things. I came across old home videos that he had, things like that. It sucks,” he adds, the instrumental of Linkin Park’s “In the End” playing in the background.
Earlier in the clip, the two are joined by Draven’s mom (and Chester’s ex-wife) Samantha Bennington who starts off by thanking Kristy’s — a restaurant in Malibu where they taped the video and where Draven last saw Chester at an April 19 dinner in celebration of the teen’s birthday.
“Thank you for releasing our first statement here at your restaurant,” Samantha says. “We honor you, we support you and we love you and your family. And Malibu is such an embracing community.”
Chester was found dead from suicide by hanging just three months later on July 20, leaving behind six children including Draven and half-siblings Jaime, Isaiah, Tyler and twins Lilly and Lila.
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SOURCE: People – Dave Quinn