Scott Hutchison’s Family Launch Mental Health Charity
The focus of this new charity Tiny Changes – dedicated to Scott Hutchison's legacy – will be the mental health of young people
It's been one year since the tragic death of Scott Hutchison. The much-loved Frightened Rabbit singer took his own life in May 2018, and on the one year anniversary, Hutchison’s parents, Ron and Marion, and brothers, Neil and Grant, have launched a charity in his memory – Tiny Changes.
Named after a lyric from Head Rolls Off – 'While I'm alive, I'll make tiny changes to Earth' – one of Frightened Rabbit's best-loved songs, as featured on their celebrated second album The Midnight Organ Fight, Tiny Changes is inspired by Hutchison’s legacy and the positive impact that his art and music had on so many people. Its aim is to support and improve the mental health of children and young people.
In a statement, the Hutchison family said: "Our beloved brother and son Scott Hutchison was born in Edinburgh in 1981. He took his own life in Queensferry in 2018. In those 36-and-a-half-years, Scott's impact was far-reaching and felt by many people. Through his music and art, he 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.
"Since his sad death last year, the outpouring of grief from people that knew Scott has been overwhelming. Whether they knew him personally, through his music and art, or through the interviews he gave on deeply personal matters, so many people have been profoundly affected by Scott’s life.
"Mental health, and young people’s mental health in particular, was a cause close to Scott’s heart. He often spoke openly of his own struggles as an anxious child, even naming his band 'Frightened Rabbit' after a nickname given to him by his Mum. Tragically, the weight of his ill health became too great for him to carry as an adult.
"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 has at its heart a passion for changing how young people in Scotland are affected by mental health issues. We want to see a Scotland where young people are listened to when they talk about their mental health. Where young people can access the support they need, when they need it. A country where young people are feeling better, not worse. And where youth mental health issues do not prevent people from fulfilling their potential as adults.”
Read The Skinny's tribute to Scott Hutchison from last year. For more information on Tiny Changes, head to maketinychanges.co.uk