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 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 Scott’s life.
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.
Charity objectives – why are we here
Tiny Changes (SC049112) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, authorised by the Scottish charities regulator, OSCR. The charity exists to improve the mental health of children and young people in Scotland.
The charity’s specific objectives are to:
- 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; and
- Provide a voice to children and young people who have been affected by mental health issues to influence mental health policy and practice.
There is a crisis in young people’s mental health in Scotland. The number of recorded mental health issues is rising year-on-year, alongside the number of young people taking the decision to end their life. And mental health services, which are already far short of meeting current demand, are not expanding and developing quickly enough to keep up. Stigma around mental health is reducing as the subject gets more airtime in the mainstream media, but there remains work to do. And research into mental health is woefully underfunded, relative to the impact that it has on young people, on the adults they will hopefully grow up to become and on their families and friends.
Our plans – from clouds to concrete
So what are we going to do about this? We have lots of ideas but we want to hear from you – especially if you are a young person who has experience of managing mental health issues.
It is still early days for the charity, but we can’t wait to get started.
Scott left us a powerful legacy – a platform for us to speak the truth to people in power and to deliver a message to the world that good adult mental health starts with good child mental health. We plan to use this platform to bring about a step change in how children and young people’s mental health is perceived and supported.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people from all walks of life since we started this endeavour. And we intend to distribute their donations wisely. We will invite applications for grants towards projects that meet our charity objectives. Please bear with us while we set this up – watch this space!
The Trustees, October 2019