Death of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington shines spotlight on depression

The unexpected and sudden death of Chester Charles Bennington, leader singer of rock band Linkin Park has sent shock waves across the globe. According to reports Bennington took his own life.

The passing of Bennington has brought attention to depression and suicide.

Cassey Chambers, The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (Sadag) Operations Director says its is important to note that suicide and depression can affect anyone regardless of your social status.

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It can affect anyone, anywhere.

Cassey Chambers, Operations Director, SADAG

Undiagnosed or untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide.

Cassey Chambers, Operations Director, SADAG

Chambers urges people suffering from depression and other mental illnesses to reach out and try seeking help instead of attempting to 'fix' things on your own.

If you are looking for help for yourself or someone you know contact SADAG

SADAG - South African Depression and Anxiety Group.

Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline 0800 70 80 90

Suicide Crisis Line 0800 567 567 SMS 31393

SADAG Mental Health Line 011 234 4837

Akeso Psychiatric Response Unit 24 Hour 0861 435 787

Nadia Neophytou is an entertainment correspondent for Eyewitness News, based in New York reports that Chester Bennington was found hanged, in his Los Angeles home on Thursday.

She says the singer's childhood was very troubled and had suffered from various problems such as alcohol abuse which he openly conveyed through his music.

Listen to Nadia Neophytou's report here:

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