Jonny Benjamin

Whenever I Visit Hospitals and Prison Services I Get Angry - People Are Not Getting The Mental Health Support They Need

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Benjamin

Jonny Benjamin, the award-winning mental health campaigner, vlogs on what it felt like when he found out he was getting an MBE, his achievements over the last year and what he wants 2017 to bring - including mental health education in schools.

Suicide Is Always Preventable - But While It Remains A Taboo In Society, It Is Much Less So

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Benjamin

Suicide is a difficult subject to address, but I do so in the hope that people may understand the psyche of someone who is suicidal. More than this, I hope to show anyone who is suicidal that it is always possible to overcome the feeling of wanting to end your own life... In the UK, 17 people take their own lives every single day. Suicide has become the biggest killer of men under 45 in our country, whilst in women the most recent suicide rates showed numbers at a 10-year high. The statistics speak for themselves. And yet so few people actually speak about them.

Duchess Of Cambridge Meets Anti-Suicide Campaigner After Young Minds Matter

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met a mental health campaigner and the man who saved his life, as part of an event to raise awareness of suicid...

Louise Ridley

Jonny Benjamin Tried To End His Life - But Instead Became A Saviour For Vulnerable Children | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK

[Trigger warning: this piece covers issues around suicide] On a freezing morning in January 2008, Jonny Benjamin went to Waterloo Bridge to end...

I Was Nine When My Nana Died - No Child Should Struggle Alone

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK
Jonny Benjamin

I was nine years old when my nana passed away. It was my first experience of loss and grief. Inside I carried a weight of grief that lasted for a long time after but which I felt unable to talk to anyone about. Looking back today, it breaks my heart that any child should go through something like this alone.

When Just a Quarter of Males Believe It Is Okay to Show Emotion, We Have a Serious Problem

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Benjamin

We have to keep this conversation going. Every single day we lose 12 men to suicide. We must also start to redefine what it means to be "macho" and stop telling males to "man up and get on with it". We would never tell females to "woman up."

Suicide Prevention Month: What's Your Survival Trigger?

Jojo Furnival | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Often, everything in life seems very complicated, and anxiety can cause us to over-complicate matters in our own minds. But when it comes to the very darkest moments in our lives, it all boils down to a single choice: To keep going or not.

When Life Reflects Art: Is Fact Stranger Than Fiction?

Mark Piggott | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mark Piggott

On 14 January 2008, Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge contemplating suicide. Then a stranger stopped him, told him things would get better, and ...

For Jonny Benjamin: I'm No Longer Afraid of My Shadow

Jojo Furnival | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Imagine being unable to stand everything about yourself. Your voice, your thoughts, your body, your personality. I can't now. Though years ago, I came pretty close. And if Jonny Benjamin can be honest, then so can I... It's several years ago now and feels like a different lifetime. I've been a happy person, getting even happier year on year since. But back then, after hitting rock bottom, in order to survive, I drew a line under these experiences and locked the memories away. I shoved them all in a box, along with my Shadow Self, so that they - and it - couldn't hurt me or anyone else anymore.

Xmas In Hospital For Suicide Campaigner Who Launched #FindMike

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK

A mental health campaigner whose own battles with depression saw him launch an international search for the man who saved his life is being admitted t...

The Message of Finding 'Mike'

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Benjamin

It's not been easy reliving what led me to attempting suicide. But it's also been something of a revelation. Looking back, I had always thought it was receiving my diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and depression, which had caused me to want to end my life. But there was also a secret which I was hiding from everyone around me that I also could no longer bear to live with.

It's A Wonderful Life, Mike!

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Jonny Benjamin

On 14 January 2008 I travelled to Waterloo Bridge to take my life. It was a bitterly cold, grey Monday morning and the rain was beginning to fall when I stepped onto the edge of the bridge, ready to jump. I can't remember all the many thoughts and feelings buzzing around my mind as I stood there looking down to the water below. All I can recall is a feeling of total despair. The very next minute of my existence seemed too painful to bear. I don't know how long I was standing there for before I heard a man's voice behind me say: "Please mate, please don't do this."