It was a lighting bolt moment for me, him saying I can get better
– Jonny Benjamin
A man who was talked out of jumping off Waterloo Bridge in London by a passing stranger, is launching a search to find him today, on the sixth anniversary of the incident. Jonny Benjamin joins Aled and Lorraine with Dr Hilary on the sofa to make an appeal for the man to come forward.
On 14 January 2008, Jonny Benjamin was on the verge of taking his own life after being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. The then 20 year old climbed onto a ledge and was about to jump from Waterloo Bridge when a he was approached by a passerby who changed his life. The man managed to persuade Jonny to climb back over the railings, where police were waiting to take him back to safety. Jonny didn't get the chance to find out who the man was and doesn't even know his name.
The latest figures from mental health charity Rethink show that 6,000 people take their own lives in the UK each year and approximately 5% of people attempt suicide at least once in their life.
Jonny chats to Lorraine and Aled to appeal for the man who saved his life to come forward so he can finally say thank you.
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For more about Jonny’s search, and for information on serious mental illness, please visit Rethink.org.
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