Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda Bennington-Friedman has announced details on a mental health community festival which is set to take place in Los Angeles this year.

Called the 320 Festival, the event will take place May 9 and aims to “bring awareness to the importance of mental health, provide resources to the community and normalize the conversation surrounding all mental health pursuits”. 100% of net proceeds will be donated to non profit groups.

The multi-venue festival will be entirely free and feature film screenings, performances, panels, discussions surrounding mental health awareness and more.

Bennington-Friedman established the 320 Changes Direction mental health organization following the death of her husband in 2017. The festival will be organized with the help of  Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman.

“For 13 years I watched my husband Chester struggle with depression and substance use. I often felt scared and alone,” Talinda said.

“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. 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.”


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