Mental Health Awareness Week: Opening Up

The devastating news announced on Friday (11 May) of the death of Frightened Rabbit lead singer, Scott Hutchinson seems immensely more poignant as we enter Mental Health Awareness Week.

A charismatic, emotive and artistic man, Scott had continually been open and honest about his own struggles with depression. Unfortunately, Scott lost his battle with depression and died by suicide leaving the world of music and fans shaken.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 May) focuses on the issue of stress, which can cause depression and anxiety in extreme cases. Frightened Rabbit have posted for the first time since their tribute to Scott to further raise awareness of mental health.

Death by suicide is one of the largest killers in men aged under 45. According to figures released by charity Samaritans, 84 men die by suicide each week – more needs to be done to show that it’s OK not to be OK.

Recently Scotland’s hip hop scene came together to help battle stigma surrounding mental health issues, particularly in men. After the passing of rapper Lumo aka Mohsen/Calum Barnes in September, the music scene he loved banded together for We Are All Here – raising funds and awareness of mental health.

One in four people experience mental health issues in their lifetime, this is why continued awareness is so important. Across the week we will be looking at various mental health issues and the help available.

Confidential support is available for you or a loved one in need. It is important to remember you’re not alone. In an emergency always phone 999.

Samaritans 116 123

Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87

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