To musicians suffering from mental health issues,

In light of Chester and Chris’ recent passing, we felt like you needed to know we know you’re human. We know you suffer. We know you got into this for a lot of the same reasons we were attracted to music- you need a safe space to call your own.

But we want to remind you, that while we may sometimes forget that you’re just like us, know that when you can’t give 100 percent, we understand.

As fans, it’s our job to support you, to help you grow and be better people as your music encourages us to do the same. We may be a little screwed up sometimes, but at the end of the day, we are family and family means we stand by one another through thick and thin.

Will we tell you when you’re wrong? Yes. And we hope you’ll do the same for us. That you’ll let us know when a joke goes too far, or when we ask for more than you can give. We hope you know that no matter what you’re going through, from mental health problems to just feeling blue, we are here. You have legions of people behind you that love you.

You have come into our lives and touched our hearts, and we hope we do the same for you. We hope when you are in your darkest moments you are able to think of all the smiling faces that love you, that want your happiness as much as they want their own.

We need to make a better effort to see past internet presence and be honest when we need to be. If you can’t share your life all the time online, that’s okay. If you can’t always go meet fans, that’s okay. If you break down during a song in your own set, that’s okay. We cry to your music all the time. We’re a reflection of you, and you of us.

So as we reflect on the lives of two of the greatest men in modern rock music, remember that your mental health comes first and we can deal with that as long as you continue to grow with us as family.

Love, your fans.

If you or somebody you care for needs help or information about depression, suicide, anxiety, or mental health issues, contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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