Fatal rollover victim’s father speaks about son’s depression, addictionFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Three days after a one vehicle rollover killed a 19-year-old Hawley teen, Michael Livdahl's father is speaking out about his son's issues with addiction and depression.
By: Katie Lange, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Three days after a one vehicle rollover killed a 19-year-old Hawley teen, Michael Livdahl's father is speaking out about his son's issues with addiction and depression.
Robert Livdahl says Michael had been riding the high and lows of depression, in and out of treatment centers for the past two years. Despite support from his family, the disease would win.
A bright-eyed boy, infectious smile and charismatic personality is how Robert knows many people will remember his son, Michael. But the 19-year-old was living in a dark world.
Robert Livdahl, Michael’s Father: "I know for Mike it was just never going to end good when you had depression mixed in and he was an addict and he knew he was."
Robert says Michael began suffering from depression after his beloved uncle passed away.
Livdahl: "He wasn't easy when he was like that out, out of his head but when he was good, oh my."
A downward spiral ensued. Michael began using drugs, drinking alcohol and attempting suicide. Trips to the ER, stints of rehab at Prairie St. Johns and Counseling at Drake wouldn't be enough.
Livdahl: "We've tried and tried. It's been months, we've did therapy. He has been breaking down and crying."
Robert knew eventually Michael's luck would run out. It happened Saturday when he rolled his vehicle.
Livdahl: "I watched the helicopter fly off and they told me he had been ejected and I knew nothing good could happen at that point. He is gone and there is no coming back."
A makeshift memorial marks the scene of the accident.
Livdahl: "I don't want these kids to think go and have a drink for Mike. No, don't have a drink for Mike. Instead put the drink down for Mike."
Robert says no one is invincible as he makes a plea for others to learn from Michael.
Livdahl: "If they know anybody they even remotely think or it’s themselves, get help. Get help. I will help them with their parents. I will take them there. You don't want to be standing here and this is what you have to remember your son by."
Funeral arrangements have been made. Michael will be laid to rest Saturday. The service will take place at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Lake Park.