13 Questions With Jordan Stephens

We caught up with Jordan post Digital Detox Day to hear all about the campaign, how he founded IAMWHOLE and what he's up to now.

First off, how are you and how have you been coping in 2020?

I’m good at the moment. I’ve been writing so I’m happy. For me personally, 2020’s been quite seismic. Lockdown encouraged me to stand up and look after myself. I needed to grow up a bit and I feel as though I have. I’m still a mess though.

Tell us about IAMWHOLE and how you co-founded the mental health organisation?

IAMWHOLE came off of the back of me writing a song with my old band Wildhood called Whole. It was about me spiralling into depression. Didn’t realise I felt that way until I wrote it. I reached out to Matt Campion at Spirit Media about an unrelated project and the stars aligned.

Why do you think speaking out about mental health is so important?

Speaking out about anything truthful to the human experience is important. For me, being a human is all about connection and community. Our mental health defines the way we see the world. Offering our perspective can often add light to another person’s view.

How would you describe your relationship with social media?

Occasionally enjoyable

Why do you think it’s so important to take a digital detox?

Digital detoxes are important because if we don’t pay more attention to ourselves and each other in real life, the robots will win.

What was your favourite part of the Digital Detox Campaign?

Being able to take some time out to reflect, so we can all form better relationships with ourselves and our devices

What is your advice for someone struggling with their mental health?

Fight your demons by helping healthy decisions win. It’s really difficult but so rewarding. Go to sleep earlier. Sleep more. Get out of bed earlier. Move your body more. Limit the junk food. Read a book. Most important, zoom out. Everything balances.

Can you tell us more about Music 4 Mental Health?

Music 4 Mental Health was a great initiative that brought together some epic talent to put on an unforgettable fundraising event. Everyone should come to the next one.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently making new music, writing kid‘s books, scripts and acting.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

I’m away somewhere quiet with my dog and my girlfriend, reading a good book and plotting our moves for the inevitable revolution that’s to come.

What do you always carry with you?

A pen.

What would your last ever meal be?

Ackee, salt fish, dumpling and plantain.

What is one positive piece of advice you could give to our audience?

My favourite Dr Suess quote is “Be who you are and say what you feel, ‘cause those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”