Jonny Benjamin MBE and the stranger on the bridge
Thursday 16 May 2019, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Room 129, Hillbrow Building, Denton Rd, Eastbourne
Jonny Benjamin MBE will share his very personal journey to hope and recovery in this inspiring account of his 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, Jonny 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, coming to terms with being gay, 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.
For more information about Jonny visit https://jonnybenjamin.co.uk/.