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Man Tracks Down Stranger Who He Says Saved His Life

posted 31 Jan 2014, 06:05 by Mpelembe   [ updated 31 Jan 2014, 06:06 ]

A man who says he tried to commit suicide six years ago, but was convinced not to by a stranger, has finally found his rescuer after launching a huge online campaign to find him.

 LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JANUARY 13, 2014) (RETHINK MENTAL ILLNESS AND POSTCARD PRODUCTIONS) -  A man who says he was stopped from taking his own life by a stranger has been reunited with him after a launching an online campaign to find him.

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Mental health campaigner, Jonny Benjamin, was ready to jump off Waterloo Bridgein London in 2008, before a stranger convinced him not to do it.

He had been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and wanted to take his own life.

He launched a global internet and social media campaign in mid-January to try and find the stranger and thank him.

The campaign drew worldwide media attention and he received messages of good will from all around the world.

On Tuesday (January 28), they pair were reunited, with Mental Health charity Rethink Mental Illness hosting the reunion.

Jonny Benjamin said: "When he walked in the door I was just a bag of nerves. I've never been so scared in my whole life."

"I didn't instantly recognize him but there was something there, there was something that was familiar about him," he added.

"You can tell like he just he understands and he doesn't judge and he just sits there with his kind of this big smile. I think everyone could do with a friend like Neil."