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Stranger on the Bridge

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Stonecutter Lecture Theatre

Stonecutter Court Theatre, Deloitte London

EC4A 4TR

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On a freezing morning in January 2008, Jonny Benjamin went to Waterloo Bridge to end his life, after running away from the hospital where he was sectioned.
He prepared to jump as he stood on the edge but thanks to the intervention of that concerned passer-by, Jonny didn’t jump.
In 2014, after launching a viral campaign called #FindMike, he learned the stranger’s identity. Jonny had nicknamed him ‘Mike’, but he was, in fact, Neil Laybourn, a 31­-year-­old fitness trainer from Surrey.
That life­saving conversation on the bridge has inspired both Neil and Jonny to launch a series of mental health workshops in schools to teach children that it’s OK – essential, even – to talk about their feelings.

Join us and welcome Jonny and Neil.

Their talk will cover Jonny’s childhood and onset of mental illness, leading him to his suicidal intentions, how their meet played out, their journey together subsequent to meeting and how both their lives changed. Jonny and Neil will delve deeper into their charity work, fundraising with the London Marathon and their vision to create a more open environment for tackling mental health issues in organisations.

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12:50- 13:00 Registration (please ensure timely arrival for prompt start at 1pm)

13:00-13:15 Introduction by John Binns (Wellbeing and Resilience Advisor, Deloitte)

13:15- 14:00 Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn’s journey

14:00- 15:00 Q&A


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