Nav Phoenix tried to take his own life on multiple occasions. Not only did he survive, but has now turned his life around and focused on helping others do the same. Through his new venture The Rise of The Phoenix, Nav and his team are dedicated to providing help to people struggling with their mental health. We caught up with the founder to talk about The Rise of The Phoenix, mental health, loneliness, addictions, and why YOU matter.
Nav Phoenix interview by Ben Farrin – The Rise of The Phoenix
Can we start by you telling us about The Rise of The Phoenix?
The Rise of The Phoenix is a free social media platform that is based solely on supporting people through mental health and addictions. We provide a safe space where people can speak their truth without judgement or trolling.
What makes us stand out, is that we have a team of experts on hand to offer advice including a nutritionist, CBT therapist, life coach and spiritual mentor. Not only are these people experts in their field, but they have all been handpicked because they have also had their own struggles in life that they have come through. So, they have first hand experience and understand what our members are going through.
At this time when stress and depression are rising and people are feeling pulled deeper into the darkness. We offer them an opportunity to rise. A chance to see the light again. We want to help as many people as we can. Show people they are not alone and can get through their hard times.
The reason I wanted to build this platform is for that exact reason, I know what it feels like to be on your knees in despair and feeling like nobody understands anything you’re going through, even if they tried. I know how lonely that is.
Not only have you suffered with mental health and addiction but you also tried to take your own life on multiple occasions. It feels difficult asking these questions but I also feel we should openly talk about the deeply important subject of suicide prevention. I’ve visited your website and read the reasons why you wanted to take your own life, but would you mind explaining to the readers the reason behind you attempting suicide in the first place?
I tried to take my life several times. My reasoning behind this was simply because I couldn’t see a way out of the hell I was in. All my life’s trauma had built up and I couldn’t run from myself even though I had tried for years with large amounts of drink and drugs to numb the pain and shut it all away. My mind was racing everyday and I honestly thought everyone was better off without me, because I was toxic. I had no fight left in me. I wanted to check out. Not only to stop the thoughts and self loathing, but also to protect those closest to me.
I tried and I survived. I had no idea how I survived but it was a pinky promise from my daughter that made me fight with everything I have to turn my life around. Not only did I survive, but she showed me that I was needed. That I was loved and the thoughts I had been trying to run from, were just thoughts. When I began coming out of my dark place, I focused on creating a purpose for myself, and that purpose is to help others to change their lives so that they don’t have to struggle like I did.
What help did you seek and how did you turn things around?
Once you turned things around, how did you manage to keep a positive mindset?
What message would you send to people who are suffering with suicidal thoughts?
Do you feel enough is being done by the government and official bodies to tackle mental health issues?
The pandemic has surely increased peoples mental health issues with motivation harder to find. What do you find is your best motivator?
What’s your opinion on social media? Do you feel it contributes towards peoples mental health?
You offer a “30 day life transformation” coaching programme. What is it that this entails?
What’s the best way to reach out to you or your team if someone is in need?
Join the site for free and either post on the activity page and get advice from us and our members or directly message one of us and we can help guide you in the right direction.
The fastest way to get support is to post on the activity page, just in case one of the team do not see the DM immediately, because we can tag the relevant person and often we will call the relevant person to tell them that someone has posted and needs their support.