The Swedish DJ, known for hit songs like “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother,” died by suicide in 2018. On Thursday, the Tim Bergling Foundation organized a star-studded “Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness” in honor of the singer.
Live-streamed from Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, the sold-out show featured live performances by Adam Lambert, Rita Ora, Simon Aldred and others.
But more important than the flashy lineup was the event’s charitable mission. According to the foundation’s website, “all net proceeds” from the concert “will go to the foundation’s efforts to support organizations which address mental health needs and suicide prevention.”
This isn’t the first time stars have taken action in connection with mental-health issues. Here are other celebs who have advocated for more awareness:
During a candid conversation with Carson Daly on NBC’s “Today,” Pink said she’s struggled with anxiety and depression and extolled the benefits of therapy, sharing that she and husband Carey Hart “have been in couples counseling almost our entire 17 years that we’ve been together.”
In the August interview, the 40-year-old singer and mother of two said she believes sharing her journey will comfort those who suffer from mental health issues.
“I think talking about (mental health) is the most important thing,” Pink said. “I’m hopeful that the taboo of it is all going away because more and more people are talking about it.”
In her speech at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation‘s annual Patron Of the Artists Awards in 2018, the “Born This Way” songstress argued for more mental-health programs.
“We are losing a generation of young people who do not believe that their voices are worth hearing,” she said, suggesting SAG-AFTRA partner with Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to provide mental health teams for those suffering. “The need in this world for kindness is paralyzing. The negative news and tragedies are non-stop and overwhelming.”
Bell opened up about her mental health in an October cover story with Women’s Health, revealing she comes from a line of women with “serotonin imbalance.” The actress said this makes her prone to anxiety and depression.
The “Frozen” star said she initially hesitated to come forward about the condition.
“Yes, for the first 10 minutes,” she told the magazine. “I realized that this is the shame that prevents people from talking about it. I immediately felt irresponsible, because I do care about depression not being taboo, yet I present this bubbly, outgoing girl who seemingly gets through life with a smile on her face, and I’d never discussed that some days I don’t.”
In August, “Arrow” actor Haynes took to Instagram to open up about his mental health struggles and encourage fans facing similar challenges.
Haynes, 31, posted an album of year-old photos, some of which showed him lying in a hospital bed.
“I get immense joy when someone comes up to me & says that my willingness to open up about depression, anxiety, alcoholism & addiction has helped them in some way,” he wrote. “I’ve struggled the past year with trying to find my voice and where I fit in & that has been the most beautiful struggle I’ve ever had to go through.”
Though many are used to Instagram’s picture-perfect filters, the actor, who also starred in “Teen Wolf,” said mental-health struggles are anything but pretty.
“I’m posting these photos to let y’all in on my truth,” he wrote. “I’m so grateful to be where I am now (a year after these photos were taken) but man these times were dark. I’m a human being with flaws just like you. If ur in the middle of the dark times…I promise you it doesn’t have to last forever. Love y’all”
In order to combat the stigma around mental-health issues, Snow started a movement.
The “Almost Family” actress, 33, revealed her nine-year battle with anorexia, depression and self-harm in 2007. Much to Snow’s surprise, her experience was slammed as a mere publicity stunt.
“I think there was still a stigma around sharing so much truth, and it kind of got seen as me being self-indulgent or trying to gain attention,” she told InStyle in October. “I definitely wasn’t ready for that. I was too young and not prepared for what was going to happen.”
The experience lead Snow to create the Love is Louder movement, a bully-free online community built to spread positivity to anyone facing similar situations.
“Now, so many people are so open with their stories, and it’s very, very cool and accepted that people are sharing their truth,” Snow said. “I might’ve spoken too early, but at the same time, it started and was the impetus for so many changes in my life that have worked out really well, so it’s okay.”
Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Carly Mallenbaum, Sara M Moniuszko
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