Chris Cornell’s Daughter Toni Launches Initiative To End Stigma Around Addiction

Chris Cornell‘s daughter Toni has launched an initiative to “change the conversation” around addiction and end the stigma.

Toni told ABC‘s “Good Morning America” that the circumstances surrounding her father’s death inspired her and her brother Christopher Cornell to launch a national education initiative

They have tied up with the Addiction Policy Forum and the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to launch “Stop the Stigma: Tackling the Stigma of Addiction through Education.”

Marking World Mental Health Day, Toni also wrote a personal letter about Chris Cornell, which she has shared with “Good Morning America.”

“As a society, despite science proving otherwise, we still blame those struggling with this disease,” Toni writes.

She notes that addiction is a mental health issue not a character flaw and is so often left out of the conversation of mental health.

“That becomes dangerous because keeps people from sharing and even getting the help they need. It keeps this disease in the shadows even when it comes to doctors and medical professionals,” Toni added.

“People think three years makes it easier (to recover from the death of her father), but it didn’t for me,” according to Toni.

Cornell, who was best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, committed suicide in 2017 at the age of 52.

(Photo: Vicky Cornell)

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