Rethink harnesses social media to find man who prevented suicide attempt

A campaign co-launched via social media yesterday by Rethink Mental Illness, to help a mental health campaigner find a stranger who prevented his suicide six years ago, has created a flurry of visitors to the charity's website in just 24 hours.

Jonny Benjamin (pictured) has started the campaign, exactly six years after an unknown man talked him down from a ledge at London’s Waterloo Bridge. Benjamin was determined to jump after being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. He has since turned his life around to become a successful video blogger and an ambassador for Rethink.

Paul Jenkins, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness, said: “We are so proud to have Jonny as an ambassador. He’s an inspirational person who has done so much to reach out to others, and let them know that it can get better and that you can recover from mental illness. We will be doing everything we can to support him in his search.”

The campaign has been named ‘find Mike’, after the man who Benjamin credits for saving his life. However Benjamin does not actually know the stranger’s real name.

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