Oxford SU are excited to launch our Sofa Sessions series with our first guest speaker Jonny Benjamin, who will be joining us at Waterstones on Friday 4th May. Come along to hear him chat to Oxford SU President Kate Cole, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing of his brand-new work The Stranger on the Bridge. "
"Jonny Benjamin 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 hundreds of thousands 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. He is currently developing a mental health workshop for primary schools. "
"Tickets for the event are free, but sign-up is essential
William Baker House Broad Street
04/05/2018 12:00 PM
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Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger from London. Starting by making videos for his YouTube channel to raise awareness for issues surrounding Mental Health, Jonny went on to create and present a BBC Three documentary in 2013, as well as helping to create the Channel 4 documentary, The Stranger on the Bridge in 2015, that culminated in completing the London Marathon in 2017 for the charity Heads Together. In the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honors List, Jonny has been awarded an MBE for his services to mental health and suicide prevention. He has written books such asThe Book of Hope and The Stranger on the Bridge.