Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger. Jonny Benjamin speaks about living with mental illness and his 2014 social media campaign with Rethink Menal Illness to #FindMike, who was the man who talked him down from jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal, went viral which led Jonny Benjamin to becoming a prominent spokesperson on the subject of suicide.
Jonny Benjamin is an award winning mental health campaigner who has given talks at various schools, universities, conferences, hospitals, prisons and workplaces. Jonny Benjamin MBE has spoken for the likes of Barclays, Virgin Trains, and the Metropolitan Police. In his talks, he shares his journey through mental illness using films and photos to illustrate his experiences.
Jonny Benjamin’s talks are always followed by a question and answer session to encourage spectators to get involved and get answers to the questions that the talk has evoked within the individuals who are watching Jonny Benjamin present.
At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have been watched by millions of people.
Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on BBC Three and Channel 4 on the subjects of mental health and suicide.
His 2014 social media campaign with Rethink Mental Illness to #findMike, the man who talked him out of jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal, went viral and led to Jonny becoming a prominent spokesperson on the subject of suicide.
In 2016 Jonny launched ThinkWell, a mental health programme for schools, which has so far been into secondary schools across the UK with huge success.
Jonny spent 2017 writing the first of 2 books on mental health, the first of which was published in May 2018. His second book, currently titled The Book Of Hope, will be a collection of quotes, poems and stories by himself and others to inspire recovery and hope. It will be published in 2020.
In 2019 Jonny launched Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma, a new mental health charity which aims to provide mental health support to young people, their families and teachers.