- 10 Oct 18
We invited a 100-strong chorus of artists, writers, musicians, broadcasters, sports stars and more to contribute to Now We’re Talking, a mental health campaign, run in partnership with Lyons Tea and Pieta House. Aslan front man Christy Dignam shares his own mental health experiences...
It got really, really bad. It got so I couldn't get out of the chair. I couldn't see the point of anything. It's horrible. I'd never been depressed before, not even through my addiction. Addiction knocks the balls out of you, but I never really got depressed. I didn't even know I was depressed when that was happening. I didn't know what it was. It was only when I really came out of it that I realised that it was depression I was going through.
When I started recovering, I started feeling a bit stronger in myself. The tribute gig helped. I thought, "These songs are a lot better than I thought they were." It was only when I looked at somebody else performing them with Aslan that I thought, "These really are good songs."
I was able to enjoy it as a fan for the first time in my life. It was a very surreal experience, but I felt brilliant when I went home that night. That was probably the turning point. I take it day by day - that's the only way it can be now. Every day you wake up, you're grateful that you've that day.
100 Voices was published in the Hot Press Mental Health Special in conjunction with Lyons Tea and Pieta House as part of the Now We're Talking Campaign. For more please visit hotpress.com/now-were-talking/