High profile mental health champions to gather in Birmingham


Leading minds and mental health campaigners, including Jonny Benjamin MBE, will gather in the city next month, for the HOPE conference, a dynamic event designed to bring together those who share a commitment to challenging stigmas around mental health.


The conference will be built around a key programme of speakers, but is designed to be extremely collaborative, offering delegates who provide support, training and awareness in mental health and other social issues, the opportunity to shape the agenda of roundtable discussions and workshops. Jo Emmerson Director of The Speakers Collective, explains:


“If you are passionate about smashing stigma and changing the mental health dialogue, we want you in our conference room. You might be a volunteer, an HR director, an MHFA trainer, CEO, counsellor, nurse, academic or writer. This is about learning from each other, sharing and collaborating; a celebration of what all these voices can do every day to affect change.”

The event is being hosted in Birmingham on Thursday 11 November by The Speakers Collective, a social enterprise designed to facilitate important conversations within the workplace and the wider community, along with Chasing The Stigma, a national mental health charity.


Award-winning mental health campaigner and writer, Jonny Benjamin MBE, will be leading the panel of speakers. Jonny is a leading mental health campaigner, author of the Stranger on the Bridge and the Book of Hope. In 2019 he founded his own young person’s mental health charity Beyond.