Local organization Pop Punk Manila, together with Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines presents DEFEAT DEPRESSION: A Tribute to Linkin Park on August 4 in Eat N Run, Aurora Boulevard. Mental health talks, as well as performances by local bands Andrøid-18, Cinco De Kalyo, and Sweet Sayonara, are incorporated in this free show.

The Death of Chester Bennington

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington’s suicide took the world by surprise. No one, not even his fellow bandmates, expected it. He had always been very vocal regarding his depression but the idea of suicide seemed out of reach for fans. The entire world seemed to be affected by his passing, some paying their respects and some labelling his decision as “selfish.”

Comedian-activist Russell Brand spoke about the rise of suicide in older men on his show ‘The Trews’. Brand mentions Chris Cornell, a fellow musician and close friend of Chester Bennington, who committed suicide just a few weeks prior. The Linkin Park frontman took his life on Cornell’s birthday, leaving fans to speculate the huge impact Cornell’s suicide had on Bennington.

RIP, Chester. The world changed when we heard you, and it’s changed once again now that you’re gone.

DEFEAT DEPRESSION and the Stigma in the Philippines

In the light of Bennington’s passing, Pop Punk Manila and Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines produced DEFEAT DEPRESSION to pay tribute to the band that helped shape our generation and to send out a positive message. The two organizations plan to raise awareness about depression and also to reduce the stigma that surrounds it. Moreover, it is a reminder that although depression is a common and very serious illness it is treatable and help is always available to those who need it.

Guest speakers include Mr. Maran Abarintos, a psychology graduate who currently sits as the guidance councelor for Emilio Auginaldo College. The administrator of Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines, Kates Montinola An, will also be present to share her thoughts.

The stigma of depression has long been an issue in the Philippines. The Department of Health (DOH), together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Natasha Goulbourn Foundation just recently launched Hopeline, a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline. There is no overall figure of annual suicide deaths, but the negative connotation of this problem is still very much attached in low and middle-income families in the Philippines.

Therefore, if you or anyone you know is currently experiencing depressive and suicidal thoughts, then please call the following numbers:
(02) 804-4637
0917-5584673 or 2919 for Globe and TM subscribers

BONUS: Pop punk bands Mayday Parade and All Time Low are heading to Manila, too!

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