In the wake of the third anniversary of Chris Cornell’s death, his daughter Lily Cornell Silver has announced a podcast about mental health awareness.

Monday marked three years of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s death, and his daughter, Lily Cornell, has taken to Instagram to reveal that she’s launching a podcast in honour of her father.

Titled Mind Wide Open, the podcast will key on on mental health topics, with a wide range of guests featuring from “mental health professionals, public figures, peers, and others who will share their stories and struggles, as well as provide knowledge and insight.”

With a goal of helping to normalise discussing mental health in the open, and removing the stigma surrounding it, Lily spoke about how the current climate through the world has shown even more people “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. Marginalised 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 prioritises mental and emotional balance and allows for candid, unapologetic discussions,” Lily continued.

Launched as a way to honour the passing of her dad, Chris Cornell, the podcast is set to be a key way to “create change around the stigma” that have surrounded both her and her father.

“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.,” she stated.

“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.”

With the first guest set as being author, trauma expert, founder, and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute, along with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Lily aims to have her podcast to be “a safe place to open our minds and wear our hearts on our sleeves.”

Check out Lily Cornell Silver’s Instagram post:

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I want to take the opportunity today to announce that I am launching a mental health focused interview series on Instagram: Mind Wide Open. 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. Thank you for all of your love and support, today and every day. My first guest is author and trauma expert, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute. Please stay tuned for more information regarding date/time, how to access the interview, and future guests! https://traumastewardship.com/laura-van-dernoot-lipsky/ Graphic by @raeraeyay, I love you

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