Jonny Benjamin MBE

Mental health campaigner, author and vlogger
Doctor of Letters
In recognition of his outstanding commitment and contribution to mental health services and suicide prevention.

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Jonny Benjamin MBE 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 millions 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 he launched ThinkWell, a mental health programme for schools, which has reached thousands of young people in secondary schools across the UK.

He has also written two books. His second book, The Book of Hope, was published in Spring 2021.

Most recently, Jonny has setup a new mental health charity, Beyond, which aims to provide better mental health support to young people around the country.