The Stranger on the Bridge: My Journey from Despair to Hope
In 2008, twenty-year-old Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge, about to jump. A stranger saw his distress and stopped to talk with him – a decision that saved Jonny’s life. The Stranger on the Bridge is a memoir of the journey Jonny made both personally, and publicly to not only find the person who saved his life, but also to explore how he got to the bridge in the first place and how he continues to manage his diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. Using extracts from diaries Jonny has been writing from the age of thirteen, this book is a deeply personal memoir with a unique insight on mental health.
“Very inspirational and to follow on social media and then to go on to read this book and see how Stranger On The Bridge continues to help raise awareness of mental illness. I have a sister who has just started training as a Time to Change Young Champion and on one of the first days of her training she got to hear Jonny Benjamin speak in person. I think his story and journey reaches a lot of people.”