Chester Bennington's widow, Talinda Bennington, will speak at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services' 21st annual "Alive & Running 5K For Suicide Prevention" on Sunday, September 29 at West 88th Street & La Tijera Boulevard just north of LAX in Los Angeles, California.
In 2017, Talinda's husband died by suicide. Determined to prevent the pain her family experienced, Talinda partnered with Give An Hour and The Campaign To Change Direction and launched 320 Changes Direction — an effort named in honor of Chester Bennington, whose birthday was March 20. The goal of 320 Changes Direction is to ensure that families are equipped to support loved ones dealing with mental health challenges. Talinda has become an advocate for this effort and speaks regularly on panels, media and events about the need to change our culture so that those who are suffering emotionally can get the care they deserve.
"Alive & Running" is a life-affirming event that raises funds and awareness for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center — the first and only one of its kind in the nation. Founded in 1958, the Center recently relocated to Century City to expand its national reach by nearly doubling the counselors answering its 24/7 multilingual Crisis Line, and growing services for people affected by suicide. Didi Hirsch now offers teen suicide bereavement support groups as part of the new Everychild Suicide Prevention Project.
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Talinda and Chester married in 2006 and had three kids together — 13-year-old Tyler Lee and eight-year-old twins Lily and Lila.
Talinda recently announced that she is now engaged and will be getting married to a man named Michael F., who is reportedly a Los Angeles firefighter.
Photo courtesy of "Alive & Running"