After the shock deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain last week, many celebrities took to social media to express their condolences, and to also share their own battles with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Among the most open and heartfelt was that of Dave Navarro, who explained how close he was at certain points to taking his own life.
“I can’t speak to anyone else’s thoughts or actions but I can speak from my own experience”, he 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 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.”
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