AceShowbiz - Linkin Park star Mike Shinoda is teaming up with the widow of his tragic bandmate Chester Bennington to front a new suicide prevention public service announcement (PSA).
Shinoda and Talinda Bennington have been encouraging others to speak out about depression and seek help before it's too late following Chester's death in July, 2017, when the singer took his own life at his new California home.
Now they have filmed a PSA with actors from upcoming TV drama A Million Little Things, about a group of friends left devastated by a pal's suicide, to raise awareness about mental health issues and highlight resources for those in need.
The show's creator, DJ Nash, shared the news of the campaign during a panel for the programme at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, August 07.
"At the end of our pilot when this airs, three of our cast members, along with my friend Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park and Talinda Bennington, Chester's widow, are doing a PSA," Nash shared. "It's something we take unbelievably seriously."
Nash also admitted he and his fellow writers were careful about how they portrayed suicide onscreen, because it is such a personal and sensitive subject, and they were inspired to take the extra step to produce the PSA following the June deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef-turned-TV travel host Anthony Bourdain.
A Million Little Things is due to premiere on America's ABC network this autumn.