Avicii Tribute Concert to Benefit Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

By Etan Vlessing 9/4/19 | www.samaritanmag.com

Avicii, born Tim Bergling — photo credit: Sean Eriksson.
A benefit concert to promote suicide prevention in the wake of the tragic death last year of "Wake Me Up!" dance music hitmaker Avicii, whose birthname was Tim Bergling, has been set for Dec. 5 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness will be produced by The Tim Bergling Foundation, with profits to go to support organizations that tackle mental health needs and encourage suicide prevention. Tickets go on sale Sept. 5.

Bergling committed suicide on April 20, 2018. He was 28.

"Tim had plans for his music to be performed together with a large live band, and now we are realizing his dream and giving fans a chance to experience his music in this unique way,” said Klas Bergling, Tim Bergling's father in a statement.

The tribute concert will feature many of Avicii's collaborators, including Adam Lambert, Aloe Blacc and Rita Ora, and fellow dance music stars like David Guetta and Kygo.

The Bergling family started the Tim Bergling Foundation in the aftermath of the late DJ's death by his own hand.  “He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness,” they said last year. “He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”

The late DJ's father in a statement said around 1500 people commit suicide in Sweden, and that human toll climbs to one million worldwide. 

"It is a tragedy that affects families, communities and with long-term effects on relatives who live on in grief. It is a global crisis and the second most common cause of death among young people aged 15-29. We want this concert to help put the topic on the agenda and pay attention to the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide. Policies and tools are needed to detect the risks and prevent suicide, especially among young people,” Klas Bergling said.

Initially, the foundation has focused on supporting people and organizations that work in prevention in the areas of health and suicide.

In a statement on the Avicii tribute concert website, the Bergling Foundation said the late DJ's parents "have endowed the foundation with a significant contribution from his estate and will direct proceeds from future Avicii projects and the recent release of the posthumous album ”Tim” (2019) to the foundation."

The Tim Bergling Foundation will advocate for the recognition of suicide as a global health emergency and promote removing the stigma attached to the discussion of mental health issues. It will support science-based organizations that engage in research into the causes and prevention of suicide, particularly for young people," the statement read.

Other areas of focus for the foundation are climate, development assistance, threatened nature and endangered species. 

"We are setting up the foundation to focus preventative work for mental illness and suicide, we are also looking at threatened animals and nature which was Tim’s passion as well as climate," Klas Bergling in May 2019 said during a keynote address to the International Music Summit in Ibiza. 

The foundation will support charitable initiatives in Sweden and around the world.

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