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“I Was Ready To Go”: Dave Navarro Opens Up About His Mental Health Battles

Written by Tom Williams on June 13, 2018

CONTENT WARNING: The following article discusses suicide.

Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro has shared an emotional statement discussing his past battles with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Taking to Instagram, the former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist urged anyone who is struggling to reach out for help, just like he once did.

“I can’t speak to anyone else’s thoughts or actions but I can speak from my own experience,” Navarro said.

“I have been there, written ‘the note’, had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family. I was ready to go.

“Luckily, as a last ditched effort, I reached out. I spoke to my closest friends and loved ones. I sought therapy and at times, psychiatry, alternative medicines, even hospitalization. Whatever it took.”

Navarro urged anyone who is struggling to “hang in there” and to “reach out if you find yourself in the darkness”.

“There is no darkness without light. Try to be willing to let it find you,” he said.

Read his full statement below.

Navarro’s statement comes just days after the death of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade, both of whom are believed to have committed suicide.

Bourdain has also been remembered by Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, who paid tribute to Bourdain online.

If you or anyone you know needs help or information regarding mental health, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Dave Navarro Statement

I can’t speak to anyone else’s thoughts or actions but I can speak from my own experience. I have been there, written “the note”, had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family. I was ready to go. Luckily, as a last ditched effort, I reached out. I spoke to my closest friends and loved ones. I sought therapy and at times, psychiatry, alternative medicines, even hospitalization. Whatever it took.

What I learned is that through the process, circumstances and feelings shift. As the tide comes in and rolls out, the universe takes many shapes and constantly evolves. We are made of the same stuff. We are constantly changing and evolving and flowing… sometimes scary, sometimes beautiful, sometimes lonely, sometimes supported. Hang in there to allow the process and the shapes to change. I can tell you 100% that they do. Please reach out if you find yourself in the darkness. There is no darkness without light. Try to be willing to let it find you.

I can’t speak to anyone else’s thoughts or actions but I can speak from my own experience. I have been there, written “the note”, had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family. I was ready to go. Luckily, as a last ditched effort, I reached out. I spoke to my closest friends and loved ones. I sought therapy and at times, psychiatry, alternative medicines, even hospitalization. Whatever it took. What I learned is that through the process, circumstances and feelings shift. As the tide comes in and rolls out, the universe takes many shapes and constantly evolves. We are made of the same stuff. We are constantly changing and evolving and flowing… sometimes scary, sometimes beautiful, sometimes lonely, sometimes supported. Hang in there to allow the process and the shapes to change. I can tell you 100% that they do. Please reach out if you find yourself in the darkness. There is no darkness without light. Try to be willing to let it find you. #mentalhealthawareness @musicares #musicares @abovegroundorg

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