Avicii’s father Klas Bergling discusses mental health at IMS IBIZA 2019

Klas Bergling shares the ethics and philosophy of the newly created Tim Bergling Foundation, talking about mental health and suicide prevention.

Avicii father Klas Bergling discusses mental health at IMS IBIZA 2019

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

Following the tragic loss of Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, aged 28 last year, his father Klas Bergling spoke at International Music Summit Ibiza. He shared the ethics and philosophy of the newly created Tim Bergling Foundation. He drew attention to the importance of recognizing and treating the early signs of deteriorating mental health, anxiety and depression for performing artists and those working in the music industry.

Mr. Klas Bergling has been interview by Pete Tong, one of the most famous faces of BBC Radio 1. In the interview, Klas outlined some of the areas that may have contributed to a deterioration of Tim’s state of mind; punishing schedule, lack of sleep, pressure to perform and alcohol abuse all contributing to depression and anxiety.

It’s not many jobs that you can drink while you work, or you’re allowed to. If you start drinking at your job, your manager is supposed to take care of you quickly…

Klass Bergling was very concerned about his son’s welfare. He tried on more than one occasion to intervene, with the full support of his team, friends, and family; he even tried professional help but admitted it had limited effect.

Life as a DJ and travels where you don’t get any rest between, you travel a lot you sleep less. The pressure is great depending on the individual, some people handle it perfectly, others don’t.

Klass Bergling about Tim Bergling Foundation

During his successful career, Avicii always had a strong interest in charity. He had previously supported many social initiatives and supported campaigns against human trafficking and gang violence.

To celebrate Tim’s life and to continue his legacy the Tim Bergling Foundation was created on the 26th March 2019, funded solely from the estate left by Avicii. Working internationally but starting initially in Sweden, the foundation aims to educate people and businesses; from the issues surrounding suicide and mental health but also focusing on climate change and endangered species, causes that were very close to Tim’s heart.

Following on from his interview, Klas joined a wider conversation entitled MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS DEBATE. The discussion centered on what the music industry could do to protect the health of all those that work within it.