Mayor König Jerlmyr: “Mental health of young people is one of the most important issues of our time”

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The Tim Bergling Foundation and Avicii Arena jointly organized a tribute event called  ‘For A Better Day,’ on Wednesday in Stockholm. The concert, which was held in honor of Swedish singer Avicii, focused on young people’s mental health and the stigma associated with it.

Mayor of Stockholm Anna König Jerlmyr stated on social media: “The mental health of young people is one of the most important issues of our time. Today, the Tim Bergling Foundation is marking the occasion with a tribute concert featuring some of Sweden’s biggest artists in memory of Tim “Avicii” Bergling.”

Worldwide known Swedish DJ Avicii died by suicide in 2018 at the age of 28. Avicii’s family later launched a mental health foundation which actively advocates for recognition of suicide as global health emmergency. The organization aims to make people feel more at ease when discussing their mental health and remove the stigma of mental illness.

Mayor König Jerlmyr stated that Stockholm is prioritising mental health work, both for young people and society as a whole. The city works closely with the region to ensure rapid action when necessary. Schools focus on students’ mental health through counsellors and psychologists. The mayor also stressed that the city prioritises collaboration with child and adolescent psychiatry and the rest of the Stockholm region.

“While it is our political duty to work for the mental health of young people, it is up to all of us to talk to each other, to open up and tell how we feel, or to reach out a helping hand to someone we suspect is feeling bad,” mayor Anna König Jerlmyr stated.

Some of Sweden’s most popular and promising artists performed at the concert. These include Zara Larsson, Miriam Bryant, Ella Tiritiello, Håkan Hellström, Galantis and many more. The event was broadcast live on Swedish national television, Swedish national radio, and Youtube. On the night of the event, Avicii Arena was lit up blue.

Last week, one of the world’s largest gaming arenas was inaugurated in the Swedish capital. It will also feature an interactive tribute exhibition dedicated to Avicii and is set to open in 2022.


Photo credit; annakonigjerlmyr/Instagram