Avicii’s death has foregrounded the interrelated topics of self harm and mental health in recent weeks. Many news sources, including Dancing Astronaut, have reported on the mental health struggles commonly associated with artists’ unrelenting touring and travel schedules, and with other facets of the music industry.
The premature passing of an artist who was both central to the electronic industry, and beloved by fans and fellow producers alike has led many to speak out regarding mental health in the wake of Avicii’s death, including Kaskade, who reflected on the decade’s rise in suicide rates in a recent blog post. Dancing Astronaut’s editorial staff additionally discussed mental health as related to the music industry in their Editor’s Roundtable, dedicated to Avicii and his timeless impact.
Dancing Astronaut is conscious that anxiety, depression, and other mental health hardships extend far beyond the music industry to affect the lives not only of the artists and producers active in the music industry, but those of listeners worldwide. With this in mind, Dancing Astronaut has compiled a list of mental health resources to help those struggling with thoughts of self harm. Dancing Astronaut seeks to remind its readers that there are ways to get help, and hopes that this list will be of assistance to those who may need it.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK(8255), is available 24/7.
The Crisis Text Line is a free text-message service that provides 24/7 support. Text a message to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor immediately.
Resources from the NSPL are available online, here.
Resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) can be found, here.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National toll-free Helpline is available 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Those contemplating self harm can also receive immediate help by calling 911, or by visiting
- Their primary care provider
- Their local psychiatric hospital
- Their local walk-in health clinic
- Their local emergency department
- Their local urgent care center