Chris Cornell’s daughter launches mental health awareness podcast in memory of her father
To mark the three year anniversary of Chris Cornell’s tragic death, his daughter Lily Silver has announced a new mental health awareness podcast in his memory.
The Soundgarden frontman, who struggled with depression for the majority of his life, was found dead in his Detroit hotel room in the early hours of May 18, 2017, after committing suicide.
While his death caused major grief for the music industry, Cornell’s daughter is attempting to bring the subject of mental health to the forefront with her new project which will focus on “mental health professional, public figures, peers, and others who will share their stories and struggles, as well as provide knowledge and insight”.
“I want to take the opportunity today to announce that I am launching a mental health focused interview series on Instagram: Mind Wide Open,” she writes in a statement posted to social media. “Guests will include mental health professionals, public figures, peers, and others who will share their stories and struggles, as well as provide knowledge and insight.
“My goal for this project is simple: to help normalize the open discussion of mental health. Now more than ever, people are struggling with mental wellness as well as the collective trauma, stress, loss, and grief triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. As with all societal issues, this is an intersectional one. Marginalized groups so often disproportionately struggle with mental health and are denied resources. I have been privileged to receive the care that I need, but this is an uncommon experience. This pandemic highlights how few resources are widely available. I want to create a dedicated space that prioritizes mental and emotional balance and allows for candid, unapologetic discussions.
“I am launching today in honor of my dad, who passed away three years ago on this date. We often talked about our experiences with anxiety and depression, and mental health was something that he struggled with throughout his life. Through him, I learned how important it is to have someone who understands your darkness, validates your experiences, and gives you comfort. Losing my dad ripped a hole in my heart, and the grief and trauma that has followed comes with its own set of struggles. Through my experiences, I have become more aware of the stigma that surrounds discussing mental health and grief related issues. I want to use my platform to do what I can to create change around this stigma. I want all of us to have a safe place to open our minds and wear our hearts on our sleeves.”