Off the back of an extremely busy Mental Health awareness week my guest today is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer, and vlogger.
At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar. Shortly after diagnosis my guest began to make films about his condition that have since go on and been watched by hundreds of thousands of people.
He has tirelessly campaigned and spoke about living with mental illness. He’s written articles, books and given many interviews on TV and Radio around the world. All in the hope that it helps stimulate conversation, educate, and break the stigma around our mental health.
Recognition came in 2017 when he was awarded an MBE for his services to mental health and suicide prevention.
Jonny joined me and shared his experience; difficulties and successes. We discussed the importance of being heard and the loss of humanness. We explored suicide, shame, embarrassment and guilt all that came with a mental health diagnosis.
We spoke about the importance of music, mindfulness and being kind to self.