Hearing Voices: Listening to those with mental health issues, with Jonny Benjamin & Neil Layborn

05 July 2017
14:00 - 16:30
Weston Room
A picture of Jonny Benjamin and Neil Layborn
If you have ever struggled with mental health issues or seen the struggles of those you care for or support then this event is for you.

Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Layborn visit the Cathedral to share their own unique story.

Jonny and Neil first met on Waterloo Bridge on 14 January 2008, when Mr Benjamin was struggling from schizoaffective disorder and in such despair he was close to jumping into the water. Mr Laybourn talked him down for 25 minutes, promising that “it’ll get better, mate”, before emergency services intervened and the pair went their separate ways. The two men were reunited in 2014 and now collaborate on charity work, speaking publicly about mental health. They also featured in a Channel 4 documentary in 2015, the trailer for which can be seen here.

This afternoon will be a time to explore the What, Who, How and Why of coping:

- What helps your recovery? What has hindered your recovery?  
- Who has been there for you? Who has let you down?
- How have you coped? Why have you struggled?

The event also includes a forum for you to share your experiences, views, ideas suggestions, and the Service Providers will there to listen and learn. By hearing the voices of those living with mental health issues our hope is to make communities more recovery friendly.

This event is free and open to all experiencing mental health difficulties and those trying to support and help them. Come and hear the stories of others and share your own story. Together we can make a difference.

For further information, contact Canon Andy Bryant.