Jonny Benjamin was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder when he was 20 years old. He lost hope for a "normal" life and was about to commit suicide.
But thankfully, he was stopped by the kindness of a stranger.
Jonny — now a mental health campaigner — decided to track down the man who stopped him, "Mike," and launched a huge Internet campaign. In two weeks, the campaign went viral and Jonny found him. See the moment below.
Here is what the stranger had to say when he realized he was the man Jonny was looking for:
“I was so pleased to see how well Jonny was doing. I had thought about him over the years and had always hoped he was OK. When we met, it was clear how much that encounter on the bridge meant to Jonny. He told me it was a pivotal moment in his life — which was great to hear. I didn’t feel it was that big a deal. I did what anyone would do. I wasn’t trying to fix his problems that day, I just listened. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that Jonny is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He’s a great bloke and it’s brilliant to see him smiling again. We’ll definitely stay in touch.”
“That day on the bridge, my life hit rock bottom. But meeting Neil, I felt so happy. It couldn’t be more of a contrast. It’s as though I’ve come full circle and that chapter of my life has now closed. He’s such a warm, genuine person — everyone should have a friend like Neil.”