Lucy Spraggan

Lucy Spraggan

The inspiring singer-songwriter is outspoken about issues around mental health and how important it is to talk about it. We got together with Lucy to discuss her touching new single 'Dear You' and her experiences of depression.

Your single ‘Dear You’ tells a painful story of losing someone to suicide. What inspired you to write the song and did it come from a real life experience?

The song came from some dark times of my own that I wanted to speak about, primarily feeling alone and not being very well mentally. I found out about the death of a friend (who lived in the town I used to live in) a while after they had passed away, so also took on board those feelings when I wrote the ending.

Dear You - Lucy Spraggan

You use emotive, nostalgic and often, humorous elements to approach relatable subject matters in your music. What inspires you when you write and does the process come naturally?

I am inspired by all sorts of things, mainly people and things we do for each other. Sometimes the ideas just appear out of nowhere and other times I have to sit down and think for a while - I write like I talk and I talk quite a bit!

What advice would you give to a young person who wanted to pursue a music career?

I'd say take your time and make decisions that you want to make and not someone else. Take on board criticism, but not plain old nastiness.

You recently married your girlfriend Georgina (congratulations!) who you credit for saving your life. How important is it to talk openly with others about mental health issues?

I think it's one of the most important things. Depression and similar illnesses can make people cold and want to shut others out, and by doing that you push away the people who are trying to help.

You talk candidly about a suicide attempt in 2013. To those who are feeling suicidal, what advice would you give to them?

Speak to someone. Speak to anyone who you feel comfortable with. Don't drink to feel better (or do other stuff) because it will make things worse.

Don't let yourself get low enough to hit that point of no return - when you get there it is very difficult to come back. Surround yourself with people and don't feel like a burden - they love you!

You are active on social media, but, what pros and cons do you find in using these platforms? Have you ever attempted a detox from social media?

I've attempted it but I'm never gone very long. Sometimes the amount of abuse on there is just overwhelming, and sometimes it doesn't bother me. It can definitely be a catalyst to feeling awful on a bad day, but I have to try and remember that I don't know those people and that they don't matter.

The people that matter are the amazing and supportive people that use these platforms for good. It's good being able to communicate with my followers on such a personal level and to voice my opinion.

On a lighter note, what songs do you keep listening to at the moment?

I love Watsky and Macklemore, but I'm really bad for playing an album so much that I begin to not like it anymore. I'm trying to keep them to a minimum!

Finally, picture the scene: you are having a bit of a rubbish day and don’t feel great, what do you do to cheer yourself up?

When I have a bad day my wife builds me a fort out of cushions and blankets in the living room and we watch films. She doesn't ask me why I feel the way I do, she just helps me feel better. I love spending time with my family and extended family too. Sometimes I just need to occupy my mind instead of falling into that pit of doom that is so easy to think your way into.

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