Reports that Avicii‘s death was an act of suicide has many members of the music community considering the importance of mental health. Kaskade, too, took a moment to reflect on Avicii’s death, but he took it as a moment to spread love to those who still feel alone in this world and can still be helped.
“To those who are feeling lost right now: I am so sorry for the despair you feel.” he writes in an open journal entry on his website. “I cannot carry your despair for you and I cannot fix it. But I can let you know that the pictures of perfection we are all forced to reckon with on every online platform and every surface real life interaction are not real. They are a fraction of a picture, not even a corner piece to a puzzle.”
Kaskade urged anyone who suffers from depression to fight the dark clouds in their minds and force their eyes to the sky.
“You can still put your face to the sun, you can reach up to the sky and twist your mouth into a smile,” he says. “And when you do that, while you are here doing your best even if the only thing you can do is fake a smile to the universe — it is enough.”
If you or someone you know if suffering, don’t let them suffer in silence. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always available by phone via 1-800-273-8255 and online. You, too, can volunteer and help save the lives of others’ friends and family.
Read Kaskade’s full journal entry on his website.