Jonny Benjamin MBE
Mental health campaigner, writer, filmmaker & public speaker
Jonny Benjamin

Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger.

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 that 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 will launch new mental health charity, Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma, together with Neil. Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma is a grant-giving organisation which aims to provide mental health support to young people, their families and teachers.

Mindful Living Show Presentation

Friday 15th March 2019

Time 12:40-13:10pm

"The Journey To Hope and Recovery"

Jonny Benjamin MBE shares his very personal journey with mental illness, from first seeing a psychologist at the age of 4 to being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, at the age of 20. This diagnosis and hospitalisation led to Jonny ending up on the edge of a bridge in January 2008. Fortunately a complete stranger talked him off the edge. After a long period of recovery in which Jonny first discovered mindfulness, he launched a search to find this stranger in order to thank him. The search went viral and led to the two reuniting. Today, Jonny talks openly about this experience, the ongoing battle with his schizoaffective disorder and his renowned work within mental health. Ultimately it is a story of overcoming adversity which he hopes will break the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness.