Jack Grange, known as J. Grange, did the Enterprise course in January 2020 when he’d been going through a tough time. Since going on the programme, J. Grange’s life has taken a different path as he’s pursued his music career and continued to speak passionately about mental health and neurodiversity in schools and Pupil Referral Units.

I wasn’t doing much before I got involved with The Prince’s Trust. I didn’t feel accepted in society at the time - I felt lost and empty. The same was true during my school days when I was excluded many times and got in trouble with the police. I had heard about The Prince’s Trust before and decided to contact them.

“I was excited to start the Enterprise course as I’d heard lots of positive things about The Trust. I found it helpful to learn about the practical side of starting your own business and also enjoyed meeting a diverse group of people with different ideas. Even though I’ve since gone in a different direction, it was still a really positive experience - I learned a lot.

“After going on the programme, I started going into schools and talking about music, mental health and wellbeing. I was diagnosed with ADHD in 2017 and am passionate about letting other young people know where they can seek help. I want to spread awareness about neurodiversity and explain that many people who suffer with their mental health, also often have conditions like ADHD, Autism or dyslexia. I have also been working on releasing more tracks in the past year or so and The Prince’s Trust gave my music a shout out on social media which was really supportive of them.”

“The pandemic has certainly made everything a lot harder. During the first lockdown, it was something new so I didn’t mind it at all. I only have a close circle of friends who I tend to go out with anyway. I had mixed emotions when the restrictions eased and felt a bit deflated at first as I had been getting used to the lockdown and it made me more creative. However, by the November lockdown, I’d had enough. That’s when I felt my worst and my mental health was at its lowest.

I’m just trying to accept the situation now and I am focusing on keeping fit and making connections with likeminded people and businesses. I also found that having a break from certain social media platforms has helped my mental health. I felt addicted to it so I took six months off which really helped me focus on being productive and writing more music. 

“Regarding my career in music, if the pandemic hadn’t hit, I would have been able to put myself out there even more and released a lot more music. I also would have worked on more mental health initiatives. However, I’ve been able to focus more on building my network and talking to charities about mental health. I’m so passionate about the work I do that my own experiences and resilience will continue to spur me on.”