“There is no darkness without light” – Dave Navarro speaks out on his battle with suicidal thoughts

"Please reach out if you find yourself in the darkness"

Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro has spoken out about his past battles with depression and suicidal thoughts – urging others to speak out and seek help if they’re struggling.

The comments from the former Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ guitarist come after the shock news that US TV chef and travel host Anthony Bourdain had taken his own life. In response, Navarro shared a message, urging those in doubt to contact the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine.

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

Navarro added: “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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Iggy Pop, Queens Of The Stone Age and Questlove were among the names to pay tribute to Bourdain after news broke of his death.

“Dammit Tony. I’m so sorry,” wrote QOTSA frontman Josh Homme. “I’m so destroyed. I love you brother. I miss you too much already. My love and condolences to Ariane and Ottavia.”

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