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Family of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison launch mental health charity

By | Published on Wednesday 8 May 2019

Scott Hutchison

The family of late Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison have announced the launch of a new mental health charity, Tiny Changes. Taking its name from a line in Frightened Rabbit song ‘Heads Roll Off’ – “While I’m alive, I’ll make tiny changes to Earth” – it will aim to improve mental health among children and young people in Scotland.

“Mental health, and young people’s mental health in particular, was a cause close to Scott’s heart”, says the family in a statement. “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”, they continue. “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”.

They conclude: “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”.

Research shows that 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year, and 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of fourteen.

Find out more about Tiny Changes and its goals here.