"Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the band Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday in his home near Los Angeles. The coroner's office has confirmed that the 41-year-old died of suicide. That's something I -- and so many millions of other Americans suffering from mental illness -- have considered.
The platinum-selling lead singer was open about his depression and anxiety. In Linkin Park's single "Heavy," Bennington sings: "I don't like my mind right now / Stacking up problems that are so unnecessary / Wish I could slow things down." And the lyrics in their hit single "Crawling," deal with substance abuse: "There's something inside me that pulls beneath the surface / Consuming, confusing."
Bennington suffered, but he was not alone. In the United States, nearly one in five adults have some form of mental illness in a given year. That means that 43.8 million adults, nearly twice the population of Australia, experience a mental health disorder every year.
Yet more often than not, we don't talk about mental health. And shows like Netflix's "13 Reasons Why" or artists like indie pop singer Lana Del Rey have sensationalized or glamorized mental illness and suicide rather than taking it seriously."
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