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What is 320 Changes Direction?
The idea for 320 was born out of my personal experience and the recognition that we can do better to address the needs of those who are suffering with mental health concerns and addiction. For 13 years I watched my husband Chester struggle with depression and substance use. I often felt scared and alone. I was uneducated about the challenges he faced and I wanted information – but finding answers to my questions and available help for our family was very difficult.
After my husband lost his battle with depression and addiction, I knew I had to make a change to the mental health landscape. I began speaking to as many mental health groups as I could find. Whitney Showler and Music For Relief have been very supportive and helpful on this journey.
So here is what I learned. We don’t need to create more programs – there are good ones out there. But we do need to do two things. We need to streamline access to the help that IS available. And we need to change the culture of mental health so that those in need – and their family members – are able to speak openly about their struggles so that they can seek the care they deserve.
I am proud to join Give an Hour, the lead organization for the Campaign to Change Direction, and the Campaign’s 500+ organizations working to drive culture change. And together with Give an Hour and other partners, we will build a new approach to ensure that those in need can easily find help – when they need it.
Most important to me is that we will build a resource – 320 – for friends and family members who are seeking answers to questions about mental health, mental illness and addiction – so that they can support the people in their lives who are suffering emotionally.
Stay tuned – and thank you for supporting our vision.
Join us and together we will #ChangeMentalHealth!
Executive Advisor for the Campaign to Change Direction & Co-Founder, 320 Changes Direction
This is a difficult time for some of the members of our 320 Changes Direction as we approach the one-year anniversary of Chester Bennington’s death. Please click here to read a very special letter from Talinda. Her love and appreciation is inspiring and healing.
There are several ways that you can help us #ChangeMentalHealth. See below for a few ideas. And remember, if you or someone you love is suffering emotionally, please seek help.
1. To remember and honor Chester Bennington, you can post a selfie to show you Know the Signs. #320Changes Direction #IAmTheChange.
And please be sure to share what else you are doing to join #LPMemorial2018.
3. Donate to 320 to Help Us Change Direction!
4. Anniversaries can be difficult for all of us. Learn the Five Signs and reach out if you see someone who is suffering emotionally. And please share our PSA to encourage others to show compassion for those who are hurting.
Help us change direction by sharing the new PSA.
If you’re in NYC, check it out at Time Square!
5. Join us on Social Media. Together we can #changementalhealth!
6. We all struggle sometimes. If you’re hurting please reach out for help.
“One More Light was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone. We now find ourselves on the receiving end. In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can’t wait to see you again.”
– MIKE SHINODA
THANK YOU!!! to everyone who donated to Music For Relief and the One More Light Fund! Because of your generosity, we are changing the culture of mental health and reaching those in need with care and support.
Established in memory of Chester Bennington,The One More Light Fund honors Chester’s kindness, love and his commitment to helping others.
The fund shines a light on mental health with 320 Changes Direction, a partnership between Talinda Bennington and The Campaign to Change Direction. The mission is to change how we think and talk about mental health; enabling people who are struggling to seek help and streamlining resources for individuals and families.