"Since I admitted to myself and others, I had a problem with my own mental health, my recovery has been a slow and at times difficult daily practice. Instead of making that journey alone, I found others who are walking in the same direction. Brian's well-documented example has been a positive influence on me and he has become an encouraging friend. As you know, I loved Scott and admired him and his songwriting deeply and I treasure memories of our musical adventures bringing us together.

Staff at Scottish Borders Housing Association held a Mental Health Awareness Day recently, to highlight issues around mental well-being and support that is available. The Association’s Healthy Living Group, which promotes healthier lifestyles within SBHA, organised the day, during which staff were offered 1-1 sessions and listened to a presentation by SBHA’s Mental Health Advocate, Susan Falconer. There was also a bake sale, which raised £230 for Tiny Changes -  the Healthy Living Group was delighted to welcome Ron Hutchison as a special guest on the

The Centre, Livingston, one of Scotland’s largest shopping centres which attracts over 16m shoppers a year, has announced its new charity partner as Tiny Changes, a mental health charity started in memory of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison. The charity was founded by Scott’s two brothers, Neil and Grant and mum Marion, to raise awareness about children and young people’s mental health, following the passing of Scott in 2018. The charity’s aim is to promote initiatives that provide help for children and young people impacted by

There is light, but there’s a tunnel to crawl through. It’s a remarkable experience when someone describes exactly how you feel. It’s an overwhelming experience when someone tells you that it’s okay to feel how you feel. That’s what Scott’s music means to me, and when I heard that his family were setting up the charity Tiny Changes I knew that I had found my motivation to put myself through another outdoor obstacle course race (this time, a half marathon “beast”). Lewis and I had ran a

I have always been a FR fan from the beginning and never missed a FR gig. I made so many life long friends just going to the gigs and now those friends are like my family and the memories made at those gigs will stay with me forever. With Scott's passing it was clear that fans all over this planet were struggling to cope and I wanted to do something to raise money for mental health in his name.  I had previously worked with Scott

Recently Tiny Changes was invited to attend the ‘We Can’ conference organised by The Mental Health Foundation which focussed on the mental health of young people with long term conditions. As an uncle to Morven who suffers from a genetic condition called cystinosis I found it very interesting to learn about the impact a long term condition can have on a young person’s mental health. There were talks from Audrey Kerr, a clinical nurse specialising in diabetes, Sejal Patel, a principal clinical psychologist in

This week is National Trustees’ Week in the UK.  I was surprised to read that there are over 1 million charity trustees in the UK, including 180,000 in Scotland. Charity trustees are essential for the smooth running of a charity (not least as regulators require you to have them in place) and are generally unpaid volunteers.  They are responsible for the governance of the charity and accountable to the relevant charities regulator for the running of the charity, safekeeping of charity assets and compliance with

When I heard that the brothers of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison were launching a charity in memory of their brother and in aid of mental health I decided that I would like to contribute in some small way.  I had lost my younger brother (Ali) to suicide 7 years previously and hearing about the tragedy of Scott had really hit home. I had been a fan of the band for a number of years and to hear of another family being similarly devastated

Since we started this journey, we have been honest with ourselves and with everyone we have encountered - we are not experts in children and young people’s mental health. We have our own perspectives and we have a voice, but much more importantly, we intend to listen. So I have tried to accept as many invitations as possible to meet someone for a coffee, to go to an event, to speak to a professional or to hear about people’s experiences first-hand. This week’s exercise in