Jonny Benjamin & Natasha Devon

a beginners guide to mental health

3.30pm, Sunday 27th January

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One in three of us will experience symptoms of a mental illness during our lifetimes. All of us have a brain, and so we ALL have mental health. The past few years have seen an explosion in awareness, yet there is still widespread confusion.   Natasha Devon MBE travels the UK campaigning for better mental health awareness. In her book A Beginners Guide to Being Mental, Natasha calls upon experts in psychology and neuroscience to demystify the full spectrum of mental health, from anxiety and body image to gender, and differentiating ‘sadness’ from ‘depression’.  

In 2008, 20 year old Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge, about to jump, until a stranger stopped to talk to him  – a decision that saved his life. A few years later Jonny decided find the stranger and thank him. More than 300 million people around the world joined the search on social media until Neil Laybourn was found . The Stranger on the Bridge is a memoir of the journey Jonny made not only find the person who saved his life, but also to explore why he wanted to jump and how he continues to manage his schizoaffective disorder.  Jonny was recognised for his work as an influential mental health activist and was awarded an MBE. He and Neil now work together to help end the stigma.

A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental by Natasha Devon and The Stranger on the Bridge by Jonny Benjamin are out now.

This event is included in our Sunday Afternoon and Weekend Headliner tickets