"I have been there," he wrote, "written 'the note,' had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family. I was ready to go."
Navarro says the only reason he's still alive is because at that amidst all the darkness he was experiencing, he called someone. For him, it was close friends, but he says it could just as easily have been someone at the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The guitarist says he went to therapy, took medicine, even went to a hospital. He says he learned that "circumstances and feelings shift" and if you're feeling like there's no way out, you won't feel like that forever.
"Hang in there to allow the process and the shapes to change," he urged. "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."
At the end of his caption, Navarro tagged MusicCares, which helps provide health and human services to destitute musicians, and Above Ground, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the treatment of mental health issues.
Navarro and Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison put on a benefit in April for Above Ground.
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
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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