Man starts internet campaign to find the kind stranger who saved his life 6 years ago

A man who suffers from schizoaffective disorder has launched an appeal to find the man stopped him from taking his own life six years ago.


by Closer staff |
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Jonny Benjamin was struggling to cope with his illness when he decided to try and commit suicide by jumping off of London’s Waterloo bridge on January 14 2008.

Luckily, a kind stranger who happened to be walking by approached him and convinced him to reconsider.

The hero managed to pursued Jonny to climb back over the railings, therefore saving his life.

Jonny said that the man’s intervention motivated him to seek help for his condition.


Jonny explains: ‘he was very calm and said ‘please don’t do this, I’ve been where you are and you can get better. Let’s have a coffee and we can talk about this.’

‘He reminded me of what people do every day so the normality of it was really inviting.’

Jonny has made a youtube video and posted flyers around London in a bid to find the man who pulled him from the edge of despair.

He was, understandably, in such distress at the time that he is unable to remember his name. For the sake of the search, Jonny has nicknamed his hero Mike, launching his campaign to 'Find Mike.'

He continued: ‘His act of kindness changed my outlook on life and I have thought about him ever since. I want to find this man so I can thank him for what he did. If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be here today.’

With the help of charity Rethink Mental Illness, Jonny hopes to finally find his hero and thank him for saving his life.

Jonny is now making a film about his mission, which is due to be released in April.

You can check out his youtube video below.

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