The Fruit Tree Foundation was an independent project, started in Scotland and led by Rod Jones and Emma Pollock, with the aim of raising awareness of mental health problems and addressing the preconceptions that are often associated with mental ill health. It grew from the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and their first project was to pull together a collection of great musicians from the folk and indie scene and create an album of collaborations that loosely explored themes of childhood, mental health and well-being as well as the confrontation of common stereotypes.
The Fruit Tree Foundation features songwriting contributions from:
James Graham (Twilight Sad), Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit), Rod Jones (Idlewild), Jill O' Sullivan (Sparrow and the Workshop), Emma Pollock, Karine Polwart, Jenny Reeve, Alasdair Roberts and James Yorkston.
The Fruit Tree Foundation acknowledges the following partners:
The Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK mental health charity that conducts robust research, provides practical solutions to help everyone lead mentally healthier lives, and works to raise public awareness and improve mental health services for the entire population. The Foundation is proud of the vital role it plays in hosting, developing and managing the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and the Fruit Tree Foundation. www.mentalhealth.org.uk
A Scottish Wave of Change is part of the Cultural Olympiad - about the future, stories and change. It is a mass imagination project, opening up and democratising the future. The project uses the Olympic and Paralympic values to begin an exploration of the Scotland of the future people would like and how we go about achieving it. www.peoplemakingwaves.org.uk/ascottishwaveofchange
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people experiencing low mood or depression in Scotland. We are here in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and information. It is our belief and hope that by empowering people, they have the resources to recover. Open up when you're feeling down: 0800 83 85 87 www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk