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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Mental Illness: New Foundation Raising Awareness

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In December of last year, Netflix released a documentary about the Swedish musician Tim Bergling. Known to his fans as Avicii, the DJ landed his first record deal at the age of 16, became a hit sensation in 2011, and took his own life at 28 years old. Throughout his relatively short-lived career, the growing phenomenon struggled with substance use and severe anxiety.

Avicii: True Stories gives viewers a candid look at how fame, exhaustion, and stress can take a terrible toll on someone lacking the tools to cope. The documentary, shot over four years ending six months before his suicide, is a cautionary tale in many ways. It is partially about people with mental illness listening to what their mind and body need, and taking action before it’s too late.

Mental illness requires constant attention. Individuals must not ignore their symptoms of conditions like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. When people put career and relationships before their health, it often results in tragedy. It is safe to say that many men and women in California are putting their dreams of “making it” ahead of mental, physical and spiritual wellness.

A number of things stand out in the story of Avicii that are relevant to people who battle mental illness. One is how people in the music industry knew that Tim was struggling, but continued to prod him onstage regardless. Such actions put profits above the mental health of the performer. Much like a lot of people who struggle with psychiatric conditions, Mr. Bergling self-medicated with alcohol. It caused severe health problems for the performer and likely exacerbated his anxiety.

Self-Medicating Mental Illness

Earlier this year, we shared some startling statistics with readers about excessive alcohol use. Life-threatening health conditions arising from alcohol use are more commonly associated with older people. However, new data indicates that a trend in alcohol-related liver disease is on the rise. Moreover, the fatal condition is affecting 25- to 34-year-olds at unprecedented rates. Another study indicates that acute pancreatitis is increasing among young people too.

Mr. Bergling’s excessive alcohol use resulted in the development of acute pancreatitis in 2012, according to Billboard. He was 22! The painful disease can cause complications with the gallbladder; he had his removed in 2014, The Guardian reports. His health continued to deteriorate influencing his decision to retire from stage performing in 2016. On April 20, 2018, the musician died of self-inflicted wounds in the country of Oman.

“He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness,” said Bergling’s family at the time. “He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.” 

The world lost a talented young soul, and his parents wish for Tim’s legacy to help others who have similar struggles. The superstar’s family have launched The Tim Bergling Foundation; the goal is to raise money and awareness for mental illness and suicide prevention, Rolling Stone reports. The foundation will tackle many other global issues the family deems are of great importance.

“Tim wanted to make a difference — starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit,” the family said in a statement. 

If you would like to learn more about the artist and his life, you can catch it on Netflix. The trailer is available below:

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