At the age of 20 Jonny was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have since been watched by hundreds of thousands of people. He now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma.
Our mental health activist partners
- Marsha Wright – Entrepreneur, business expert, media personality, author
Marsha Wright is a celebrated entrepreneur, TV business expert & media personality, investor, 4x best-selling author and philanthropist.
This London-born millennial spends most of her time travelling the world for business and pleasure, which is a far cry from her true-life rags to riches story of personal triumph and determination. Find out more about Marsha.
- Jonny Benjamin MBE – Mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger
In the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honours List, Jonny was awarded an MBE for his services to mental health and suicide prevention. Find out more about Jonny.
- Colin Minto – Difference Capability Champion
Colin is founding partner of Mental Health in Business and Big Idea Talent. He spent six years as group head of resourcing strategy and HR systems at G4S, the world’s second largest private employer.
Colin recently launched a new app ‘Mental Difference at Work’ – an anonymous questions and answer community to create an ‘always on’ mental difference support group.
Colin himself has chronic and ferocious OCD. He has learnt to battle it, to the extent that when it attacks him, Colin has the confidence, tools and strength to fight back and win. Find out more about Colin
- Nikki DuBose – Model, author and mental health activist
Nikki DuBose is a former model turned author, speaker, and mental health advocate. Nikki understands the complexities and despair that sufferers go through as she herself battled with a wide range of mental health conditions, including eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, depression, psychosis and even suicide attempts.
Nikki has been featured on television shows and networks such as TD Jakes, CBS Los Angeles, and the Oprah Winfrey Network, and profiled in publications such as People, LA Times, Vogue UK, Esquire, India Times, and Inquisitr. Find out more about Nikki.
Tom King – Mental health in education petitioner
Tom King is a UK based mental health activist with a particular interest in mental health within the educational setting. He is currently in the final year of studying to be a mental health nurse. Tom plays a pivotal role in our Headucationuk campaign to get mental health education as a compulsory subject on the UK National Curriculum at both primary and secondary school level. Find out more about Tom.