Jonny Benjamin: Beyond the Journey
Our journeys are never finished, are they? Whether it's a journey toward health, wisdom, happiness, or enlightenment: it's always a journey toward something. We never actually get there, and that's OK. That's more than OK. We must acknowledge this fact to move forward.
At the age of 20, Jonny Benjamin was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. In 2008, a stranger stopped Jonny from taking his own life on a bridge and changed the trajectory of Jonny's life. In 2014, Jonny launched a social media campaign called "Find Mike" in order to help him locate the stranger who saved his life six years prior. He has used his story to promote mental health awareness and turned the tale into an award-winning book; however, Jonny's struggles with his own mental health didn't end that day on the bridge, nor did it end when he found Mike — whose real name is Neil Ladybourn — and the pressure for Jonny to be "done" with his journey actually led to further struggles.