The recent deaths of celebrities by suicide has prompted Jane Addiction’s Dave Navarro to come forward with comments. The guitarist who has spoken frequently about his own struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, used Instagram to post the following comment:
“I have been there, written ‘the note,’ had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family,” Navarro wrote. “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’s post included the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline logo.
His message came after the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, and the release of a government report that said suicide in the U.S. has increased by nearly 30 percent since 1999.
Navarro said that with time he learned “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.”
The recent deaths of his friends, Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, was also on his mind. “Going to Chris Cornell’s funeral and seeing Chester Bennington sing a beautiful song for his friend, and then taking his life a month later, really had a massive impact on me,” he said. “I couldn’t help but be brought back to the times when I had felt that lonely, that desperate, that suicidal.”
Navarro offered words of encouragement and support: “Hang in there to allow the process and the shapes to change. I can tell you 100 percent 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.”