The daughter of late musician Chris Cornell has spoken about her own mental health battles and a new project she has recently launched to help others struggling with a mental illness.
Lily Cornell Silver’s Mind Wide Open initiative is a new series on IGTV which sees her interviews famous faces and medical professionals about mental health.
She told Rolling Stone: “I was struggling since it was around the anniversary of my dad passing, and he was someone who really understood and shared and validated my mental health issues.
“I launched the series in his honour because I knew that he would be proud of my vulnerability.”
The first episode dropped on July 20, the date Chris Cornell would had turned 50, with a discussion between Silver and founder of The Trauma Stewardship, Dernoot Lipsky.
Silver says: “my intention for this series is to destigmatize mental health and to normalize having open discussion about mental health.”
She went on to tell Rolling Stone it wasn’t uncommon to her to have open conversations about mental health with her father when she was growing up.
Silver said: “I’ve had anxiety since I was a little kid and he was really validating and reassuring for me in that way. When I was like 12 or something, he was like, ‘when I was 12, I would be laying awake in bed at night and my heart would be pounding, it felt like I was going to have a heart attack.’ He would always say, ‘You come by [your anxiety] honestly, and it’s something that I’ve struggled with my whole life.’ And it was just that reassurance, like ‘You’re gonna be OK.'”
She went on to express how losing her dad impacted her wellbeing admitting there were suicidal thoughts after he passed.
Despite the emotional pain Silver has found ways to have an open mind.
Reflecting on the father and daughter chats Silver added: “Something he used to say to me that would crack me up was, ‘stupid people don’t have anxiety. The fact that you’re worrying about what the outcome is going to be and thinking what every possible option could be and worrying about all the ways that things could go wrong, it’s because you’re very smart and because your brain works really fast.
“And even though it sucks, and it can feel like a total burden, you’ll harness it and you’ll figure out how to use it in ways that are helpful to you and others.’ So it was something that he provided me comfort around, for sure.”
For mental health support visit the Mind website.
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