IP Out, Mental health, Regional events

IP Out and iPride South-West Regional Event

Jonny Benjamin MBE

The Journey To Hope & Recovery

When: arriving from 6pm for a 6.30pm start, Tuesday 15 October 2019

Where: Intellectual Property Office, Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP10 8QQ


World Mental Health Day and also National Coming Out Day are both coming up in October, and to mark these days, iPride, the IPO’s LGBT+Allies group, and IP Out are thrilled to be inviting Jonny Benjamin MBE to give a talk, kindly hosted by the Intellectual Property Office in Newport.


Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award-winning mental health campaigner, author and filmmaker from London with an extraordinary personal story he now shares as a TLC Lion. Jonny will share his journey with mental illness, from his first experiences of seeing a psychologist at the age of 5, through to his breakdown and hospitalisation at the age of 20.


This led to a suicide attempt on Waterloo Bridge in London during which Jonny was saved by a stranger. Six years later, after a long period of recovery, Jonny launched a twitter campaign – #FindMike – to find this stranger which went viral and resulted in the pair being reunited.

Jonny will speak about this experience, his ongoing battle with schizoaffective disorder, coming to terms with being gay, and his renowned work within mental health. Ultimately it is a story of overcoming adversity which Jonny hopes will break the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness.


Graham McCartney from the charity Jonathan’s Voice will also be at the event, and will talk about the fantastic work that they have been doing to promote mental health wellbeing, particularly within the IP profession and in working closely with IP Inclusive.


After the talk, there will be drinks, some finger food, and a chance for networking.


To register for the event, please email Jonny Lerwill ( to reserve a place.


We look forward to seeing you there.

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