Avicii’s father Klas Bergling opens up about mental health and his son’s struggles
The death of the iconic producer Avicii will forever leave a hole in music lover’s hearts that cannot be fixed even over a year later, and DJs still pay respect to him to this day by playing his tracks in their sets. As we all know, Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) tragically committed suicide and thus sparked a conversation surrounding touring artists and mental health, highlighting how much of a negative impact the music industry can have on young artists who seem to never stop touring. As well as this, Tim’s family (including father Klas Bergling) created the Tim Bergling Foundation to honor him in the way they felt was best where they have a voice to advocate for the recognition of suicide and how mental health can take a toll on people (in addition to other things Tim was passionate about during his life).
American news channel CBS This Morning are doing a segment on mental health titled ‘Stop the Stigma: A Conversation About Mental Health’ as a way to draw more global recognition to the affect that mental health can have on people, and how much of a serious issue suicide is. For this segment, a reporter for the show sat down and spoke with Klas Bergling about the subject itself and his son’s struggles. Giving us more of an insight into his early life, it was said that Avicii suffered from anxiety during his early school years and had to see a psychiatrist at just age 14. This would have seemingly put his life onto the right track but not too long after, he was thrust into the spotlight and became the center of the entire world’s attention which isn’t an easy feat to deal with at any age. Describing his son as brave for opening up about his issues, he says that he tried everything to understand what was truly going on in his son’s head and always stayed involved during his career.
“You have to talk about it, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help” – Klas Bergling
The full interview is available to watch below.