Byron Bernstein is dead. The WoW and Hearthstone veteran, known as "Reckful", was 31 years old.
The streamer of Israeli-American origin made a name for himself primarily on Twitch, his WoW streams were followed by almost a million subscribers. Previously, he was already successful in e-sports, among other things he showed his talent in Hearthstone.
Friends and companies with whom Bernstein worked are shown to be affected on various social channels. His ex-girlfriend takes farewell in a short text von Bernstein, with whom she remained in close contact. Among other things, it says:
"My heart hurts. I'm sure many of you feel the same way. Byron wanted everyone to be friends, so let's make this wish come true in these difficult times. I'll do my best to be the best possible person I can and live my life accordingly. I promise. Rest in peace. "
Twitch also speaks out on Twitter:
"We are devastated to learn about Byron's death. Our hearts are with his family, friends and community."
Shortly before his death, Bernstein was still working with his community on a video game called Everland.
Bernstein has been open about the psychological problems that plagued him in recent years, such as his ongoing struggle with depression.
We would also like to share our heartfelt condolences with his family and friends and hope that they will get through this difficult time as well as possible.
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If your thoughts are circling and you are thinking of killing yourself, try to talk to other people about it. They can be friends or relatives, but they don't have to. Of course, it can be difficult for you to talk about this topic to people who are close to you. There are a variety of help offers where you can – even anonymously – talk to other people about your thoughts. This can be done by phone, chat, email or in person.
Telephone counseling is anonymous, free of charge and available around the clock. The phone numbers are 0 800/111 0 111 and 0 800/111 0 222. The call to the telephone counseling service is free of charge and does not appear on the telephone bill, nor in the individual connection record.
Help in the telephone counseling chat:
Registration takes place on the telephone counseling website. You can also enter the chat room without an appointment, with a little luck a consultant is free. In any case, it works with a booked appointment.
Help via email:
If writing helps you better, there is also e-mail advice. On the telephone counseling service, you log in, leave your messages and read the answers from the advisors. This way, email traffic does not appear in your email inboxes.
Help in a personal conversation:
If you'd rather talk to someone else about your thoughts in person, it doesn't necessarily have to be a doctor or psychologist. You can of course contact psychiatrists, psychiatric clinics or hospitals. You can also contact a pastor, imam, rabbi, or other confidant if you shy away from seeing a psychiatrist or therapist. Doctors, like psychologists, are subject to confidentiality. In addition to the confessional secret, pastor secrecy applies to pastors, according to which pastors entrusted to a pastor are considered confidential.
There are numerous counseling centers nationwide for people with suicidal thoughts. An overview is available on the website of the German Society for Suicide Prevention.
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