6pm - 7:45pm
Thursday 7 March 2019

The Stranger on the Bridge

We are pleased to welcome Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn for University Mental Health Day 2019 to talk about their uniquely powerful story, mental health, and the journey to hope and recovery.


The Rik Medlik Building
Ground Floor
University of Surrey
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Tea and cake will be provided. We are pleased to be able to offer tickets free of charge; however, booking is necessary.

In 2008, 20-year-old Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge, about to jump. A stranger saw his distress and stopped to talk to him - a decision that saved Jonny's life. Six years later, together with Rethink Mental Illness, Jonny launched the #findmike campaign to find the stranger who put him on the path to recovery. The campaign went viral with more than 300 million people around the world following the search until that mystery man, Neil Laybourn, was found, and the pair were re-united.

Their emotional reunion was captured in an award-winning Channel 4 documentary, and since then the pair have become leading advocates to help end the stigma surrounding mental health. In 2017, Jonny was awarded an MBE in recognition of launching the ThinkWell initiative for schools and he has recently published his inspirational memoir, The Stranger on the Bridge.

Jonny and Neil will join us for an 'In Conversation' event to share more about their fascinating story and answer questions from the audience. The pair will also discuss how far we have come in terms of rethinking our attitudes to mental illness whilst highlighting how much more needs to be done to create true parity between mental and physical health provision in the UK.

Tea and cake will be served from 5.45pm and guests will be invited to take their seats from 6.20pm.

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