"Through his band Frightened Rabbit, so many people were profoundly affected by Scott and his art"
A CrowdFunding page has been launched to raise money for the Scott Hutchison Fund, in memory of the late Frightened Rabbit frontman.
Hutchison took his own life last May after a battle with depression. Now, Scott’s brother and Frightened Rabbit/Mastersystem drummer Grant Hutchison has launched a CrowdFunding Page where fans can donate to an organisation being set up to help those with mental health issues.
“The Scott Hutchison Fund is a fund set up by Scott’s family which will form the basis for a mental health charity that will be set up and launched in 2019,” reads a description on the page. “In May 2018 Scott Hutchison took his own life after years of battling with depression and mental illness. Through his band Frightened Rabbit, so many people were profoundly affected by Scott and his art and the fundraising efforts have been incredible since last year.
“This page will serve as a temporary location for donations until the charity is set up and ready to be launched later in the year.”
Speaking last year after Scott’s death, Grant called for more action and awareness surrounding mental health.
“One of the main things about this is to realise and understand that this is not just Scott,” said Grant. “Anyone can go through things like this. Yes, there are certain triggers and certain people who may be more susceptible to it but there are no rules. Mental illness isn’t something that anyone’s immune to.
“So one person’s life who works in a supermarket or is a joiner or who works at a radio station is just as important as a singer in a band.”
Grant continued: “Unfortunately one of the thoughts I’ve had to deal with and think through is ‘what could I have done?’ It’s not something that I carry forever or that’s really a weight on me, but it’s obviously something that’s going to cross my mind.
“I guess the main thing I’m taking from that is that maybe at the time I wasn’t educated enough – I’m still not. I’m not saying that in the past month I’ve learned everything that there is to learn; that’s impossible. Not knowing enough is probably my biggest regret.”
Speaking to NME about being more open about mental health a few months before his death, Scott Hutchison said: “I hate the idea that opening up is in any way emasculating. Even if it fucking is, who cares? It’s good to lay yourself a bit bare, and you’ll feel a bit better for it. But don’t think we’re all the way there yet. Not enough is moving forward for us up to this point. And that’s one of those things that you’d expect to be progressing a lot faster. But there’s sometimes regression in these things, and I don’t really understand that. It’s hard when men should be at their most open but are clamming up again or taking objection to the way that they see the gender discussions going.
“Now is the time for men to be as gentle and open and emotionally fluent as they can be, I suppose.”
Last month, a free download of a tribute concert to Hutchison featuring Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, The National’s Aaron Dessner, Boygenius’ Julien Baker, and Kevin Devine was made available online.
Meanwhile, a group of Frightened Rabbit fans have also announced plans to send five copies of the band’s 2008 album ‘Midnight Organ Fight’ on a round-the-world-trip to raise money in the memory of the musician.
For help and advice on mental health:
- ‘Am I depressed?‘ – Help and advice on mental health and what to do next
- Help Musicians UK – Around the clock mental health support and advice for musicians
- Music Support Org – Help and support for musicians struggling with alcoholism, addiction, or mental health issues
- YOUNG MINDS – The voice for young people’s health and wellbeing
- CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably for young men
- Time To Change – Let’s end mental health discrimination
- The Samaritans – Confidential support 24 hours a day