07 May 2019 | Grant, Neil, Marion and Ron Hutchison | Frightened Rabbit
Our beloved brother and son Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit 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 in May 2018, 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 his 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.
Grant, Neil, Marion and Ron Hutchison
In the year since Scott passed we’ve endured so many different emotions and experiences we never imagined we would.
Endurance being the most appropriate word as at times it has felt like a never ending marathon of grief.
But one thing that has shone through every day in these past months is the feeling we as a family had that we needed to turn this tragedy in to something positive and that’s why you are reading this right now.
Today we are so pleased to announce that we have set up a mental health charity in Scott’s memory called Tiny Changes.
We’ve heard from so many people in the last year who’s lives have been changed by Scott and his art and we want to continue that legacy and keep making tiny changes in the same way he did.
By spreading a message of hope and encouraging empathy and education we feel that real change can be made in the way we approach mental health in young people.
A small act of kindness and the ripple effect of it can make a massive difference in someone’s life and give someone the strength they might need to get on a path to improving their mental health.
We believe that talking about mental health as early as possible in a child’s life is the best way to promote an idea of wellbeing and self care that can be carried through in to adulthood.
Raise awareness about children and young people’s mental health issues.
Advance understanding of the root causes of mental ill health and support innovation in the design and delivery of mental health services to children and young people.
Support and promote initiatives that provide help to children and young people impacted by mental health problems, their families and carers.
Provide a voice to children and young people who have been affected by mental health issues to influence mental health policy and practice.