Jonny Benjamin MBE Mental Health Talk

Jonny Benjamin MBE Mental Health Talk

Posted on behalf of Colchester High School

On Tuesday 16th October, we are delighted to be hosting Jonny Benjamin MBE, an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger.

Mr Benjamin will be talking about his own mental health challenges and what he has learnt as a campaigner for mental and emotional wellbeing. He will also discuss his Thinkwell initiative which aims to educate young people about mental health and break down the stigma associated with mental illness. A Thinkwell assembly was very positively received by our Senior School pupils during the Summer Term.

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. Mr Benjamin now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has featured widely in the media nationally and internationally.  

His commitment to improving mental health education for young people, their families and their educators has seen him recently launch ‘Beyond Shame, Beyond Stigma’ a charity to raise funds to work support programmes that will do this.  

Mr Benjamin’s autobiography ‘The Stranger on the Bridge – my journey from Despair to Hope’ was published earlier this year.  In 2017, Mr Benjamin was recognised for his work as an influential activist changing the culture around mental health when he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.  

The parent talk will start at 6:00pm with light refreshments and canapés and conclude around 8:00pm. Parking will be available on the playground from 5.45 pm.

16 Oct 2018 at 6:00pm
until 16 Oct 2018 at 8:00pm
Colchester High School & Nursery
15 Wellesley Road

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