We are delighted to present 87% in conversation with Jonny Benjamin MBE.
Jonny is currently one of the UK's biggest mental health advocates, and talks candidly about his own personal experiences. Jonny was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2007, when he was 20 years old. He discusses the turbulent aftermath that followed his diagnosis which resulted in him on Waterloo bridge with the intention of jumping off it, until the stranger on the bridge (Neil Laybourn) came along and literally saved his life.
“The conversation around mental health IS changing. Having the young Royals talking about mental health is helping to create a shift in attitudes.”
Now over a decade later, Jonny and Neil work as an extremely impactful mental health advocacy duo, focusing on all areas including workplaces, youth and many more. Jonny talks about the need for more men to talk openly about their mental health, along with his involvement with the young Royals.
Neil and Jonny running the London marathon in 2017.
He talks about the changes that need to be made when it comes to mental health waiting lists and he tells us about his new venture ‘Beyond Shame, Beyond Stigma’ intended to give grants to companies who are making waves in mental health but have had funding taken away.
Jonny, thank you. Enjoy everyone!
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