We’re delighted to announce we have teamed up with them to do media coverage for their live events. Helping to document their incredible story and the impact it has on others, as they share it with the world.
Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn give talks and present on the topic of mental health to groups and organisations all around the UK.
The pair are award winning mental health campaigners. Their journey together began in 2008, when Neil found Jonny standing on the edge of Waterloo Bridge in London and talked him out of taking his own life. Jonny had just been diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression, and was extremely unwell. Neil’s interaction saved his life but the two were separated when the police intervened at the bridge and took Jonny away to be sectioned. 6 years later, in 2014, Jonny launched a campaign on Twitter to find and thank the man who had stopped him taking his own life – #FindMike. It became a global news campaign that reached over 300 million people around the world. It was successful in reuniting the two strangers within a matter of weeks from the campaign being launched.
What followed was an emotional meeting and the beginning of a journey together. Both men united to campaign around the issues of mental health and suicide, which is now the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
The story of their journey was made into a TV documentary, The Stranger on the Bridge, which aired on Channel 4 in 2015 and had a meaningful impact on millions of viewers. The documentary has won a number of awards and is currently being aired internationally.
After a private meeting with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in March this year, the pair were invited by the Royal Foundation to represent the ‘Heads Together’ charity in running for the 2017 London Marathon.
Neil and Jonny have presented their story in a number of different organisations all over the UK.