The family of Frightened Rabbit singer, Scott Hutchison, has launched a mental health charity in his memory.
The charity, Tiny Changes, was launched by Scott’s parents and brothers, and gets its name from the lyrics of the Frightened Rabbit song, Head Rolls Off.
The saying has become a motto for Frightened Rabbit fans, looking to leave a positive impact on the world in Scott’s memory.
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We are excited to announce the launch of Tiny Changes, a Scottish mental health charity set up in memory of Scott Hutchison who died by suicide in May 2018 after a lifelong battle with depression and anxiety. In an effort to turn this tragedy in to something positive and to provide help and support that we feel is missing from today's society we plan to make tiny changes to young people's lives through education and inspiration. Cases of mental illness in young people and children are reaching epidemic levels and go largely unnoticed by a lot of society. We plan to change this trend and stop this problem as early as possible in a person's life. Scott suffered from anxiety from an early age but like so many there was a lack of support, understanding and awareness of these issues and this is something we will strive to change. We can all do this by continuing Scott's legacy and keeping alive his words of hope and togetherness. Say it to yourself. Say it to your friends. Say it to strangers. "While I'm alive, I'll make tiny changes to earth" You can donate via the link in our bio. #maketinychanges #tinychanges
The launch of the charity marks a year since the band’s frontman died by suicide. Scott was vocal about his mental health, speaking openly about it in interviews, and it was a topic he covered frequently in his songwriting.
In a statement on the charity’s website, the Hutchison family said, “Through his music and art [Scott] made many thousands of tiny changes and encouraged other people around the world to do the same.
“The honesty of his lyrics and openness about his own mental health inspired people in all walks of life. It is a legacy that should be continued and nourished.”
“We want to continue the legacy that Scott built. To channel the energy he generated in people all over the world into positive action on mental health among young people and to make tiny changes to Earth.”
The charity aims to provide support to children and young people who may be struggling with their mental health, and raise awareness of the issues facing young people, that might contribute towards a decline in mental health.
In October 2018, the BBC reported that the number of Scottish young people seeking support for mental health had increased by two-thirds in just five years, showing the need for dedicated mental health services for Scotland’s children and young people.
The launch of Tiny Changes was announced days before Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), which aims to raise awareness and funds for mental health charities across the UK.
— Tiny Changes (@TinyChanges3) May 9, 2019
The week also seeks to encourage the normalisation of open discussions about mental health, and urge people to ask for support if they need it.
Scott Hutchison, and his music, had a great impact on fans and the wider community: in his memory, let us all commit to supporting our friends and family through the hard times, and make tiny changes to Earth.
For more information on the charity, you can visit their website, here.
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