Thought and Leaders

Jonny Benjamin MBE. The real pandemic: mental health

July 20, 2021 Jonathan Gabay Season 8 Episode 4
Thought and Leaders
Jonny Benjamin MBE. The real pandemic: mental health
Show Notes

Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger .

In the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honours List, Jonny was warded an MBE for his services to mental health and suicide prevention.

Aged 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 since been watched by hundreds of thousands 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 works with a range of outstanding charities including:

  • Time to change.
  • Mind
  • Jami
  • Calm
  • Samaritans
  • Postcard productions
  • Beyond
  • Rethink mental illness


In this candid interview with Jonathan Gabay of Thought and Leaders, Jonny discusses the new global pandemic - mental health with is robbing the young of hope as well as elders of respect.

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