When your life extinguished, a new star was lit in the sky.
Everywhere, the tributes are written to the late world star Tim “Avicii” Bergling who has passed away. How impressive it is that his songs have hundreds of millions of streams on Spotify, all the great scenes he stood on, powerful collaborations with other worldfamous artists like Madonna and Coldplay, the huge sums of money he was turning, how closest the team acted against him, the breakthrough with the song ” Levels ” and more. It’s all about amazing achievements, no one questions the psychic illness and dares to lift it.
In 2016, there were 1478 people who took their life. Of these, 1015 people were men. Men are over-represented in the suicide statistics. It’s a big problem nobody’s talking about. Above all, we guys / men find it hard to talk to each other about mental illness and suicide.
Avicii worked hard, at high speed, for a long time and fought with both his physical and mental health. In 2016, he wrote an open letter to his fans that the tour he was out on would be the last one. Excerpt from the letter:
” my path has been full of success, but it has not come without its adversity. I’ve grown up as an artist. I’ve gotten to know myself better and realized there’s very much I want to do with my life. I have great interests in different areas, but no time to devote them. My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I am grateful for all the possibilities and amenities that my success has given me. I know I’m blessed who gets to travel around the world and play, but I have too little time left for the real person that I’m behind artistry “.
I sank into the couch, in front of me stood a plate full of pills. A fist full of medicine, elderberry juice, a fist full of medicine, elderberry juice, a fist full of medicine, edlerberry juice, until I wasn`t able to have one more tablet. When I was sitting there with all the medicine in my body, I thought only one thing:”I’m lonely”. the police found me, drove me to the hospital. My body was kept alive on a ventilator. The doctors didn’t think I’d survive. My life was over. The psychic illness had defeated me.
Tim bergling talked openly about his problems with mental illness. Panic attacks and the negative stress that lay like a wet blanket over him because of the increased demands and constantly high expectations. He’d be there for everything, all the time. The person Tim was handled as the product and brand “Avicii”. It became a company, where they forgot that their moneymaker was a human being, not a robot. That he had feelings and tried to talk to people around him about his mental illness.
” It’s not going to work. I told you I can’t play anymore. I’m gonna die. I’ve told you so many times. Don’t want to play another gig.”
He has millions of fans around the world that everyone listens to the music he produced, but when he asked for help, it didn’t seem like anyone listened to what he had to say. A lot of people in the environment made money on what he created, but probably none reached out a hand when he asked for help. When he tried to make a stop. The money was like gravel in the eyes, they couldn’t see how incredibly bad condition Tim was in. Many who have seen the documentary on SVT have reacted the same way, what machinery it was. It’s not human.
If you think someone in your vicinity has suicidal thoughts:
– Reach out a hand, offer support
– Be available and listen
– Dare to ask if the person has thoughts of taking his life
– Never leave an acute suicidal person alone
– Do you assess the situation as emergency, call 112 or go to an emergency room.
The doctors managed to save my life, I got a second chance and have chosen to devote all my time to talking openly about my experiences of mental illness to highlight the subject and get more people to dare to talk about their feelings, but also seek professional care. You are not among us, but your music will inspire and motivate people in all future. You live on through your music. People will keep dancing, laughing, crying, training, loving and mourning to your songs. When your life extinguished, a new star was lit in the sky. Sleep well, Tim.
All love and caring for his relatives