As it's World Mental Health Day, today seemed like an appropriate time to provide an update on my 'Make Tiny Changes' charity print sale.
"There is light but there’s a tunnel to crawl through, There is love but its misery loves you, There’s still hope so I think we’ll be fine, In these disastrous times, disastrous times"Scott Hutchison - The Oil Slick
Since September of last year, I've been selling a limited run of photo prints of Scott Hutchison, raising funds for The Scottish Association of Mental Health in his memory. Last week I made a second donation to the charity, bringing the total donation to £3,360. I'd like to say a huge, heart-felt thank you to every single person who's bought a print - you've all made a big change to the lives of people who need help.
The print sale is just one of the many ways that the Frightened Rabbit community has come together to raise funds and awareness for mental health charities - tribute concerts, art sales, public murals, and the #tinychanges campaign set up by Scott's family. There was also the amazing Tiny Changes album released earlier this year - a cover album of Frightened Rabbit's seminal The Midnight Organ Fight featuring the likes of The Twilight Sad, Biffy Clyro, Death Cab For Cutie, Chvrches and Julien Baker.
It certainly feels like there has been a wider attitudinal change towards mental health over the last couple of years, with more influential figures in sport, music and film adding their voices to the many already saying "it's ok to not be ok".
My remaining 'Make Tiny Changes' prints are still available to buy, and the success of the print run has inspired me to find more opportunities to use my photography to help people. There are plans afoot - watch this space.