'I no longer wanted to go on feeling and thinking ... I wanted to be numb'

December 4, 2014

Her eyes welling up with emotion, a 24-year-old woman tells supporters of a mental illness charity how the organisation saved her from the depths of depression.

Natalie Gotel told a meeting of Jami, the Jewish Association for Mental Illness, that she was indebted to the organisation which treats 1,200 people every year.


Mental health: the key issues we all have to face

By Josh Jackman, December 4, 2014

Across society and within the Jewish community, invisible illnesses are stigmatised and brushed under the carpet.

While, statistically, everyone probably knows someone experiencing a mental health problem, few are aware of it.


Supporters raise a toast as Jami comes of age

By Josh Jackman, December 4, 2014

The Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill celebrated the start of its 25th year in style, raising £200,000 with a champagne tea at the Savoy Hotel.

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger, told the audience: "Mental health is an issue I am so passionate about.


Bercow backing Jami's aid work

By Charlotte Oliver, December 9, 2013

John Bercow spoke from the heart on Monday night in support of mental health charity Jami.

Addressing Jami’s annual dinner at The Savoy, the Commons Speaker told the 200 guests: “Believe me: I have seen people who suffer from mental illness. I know even of colleagues who experienced it. I would not wish such problems on my worst enemy.


Chairs change at Jami

October 28, 2013

Jami, the Jewish community’s mental health service, has appointed Doug Krikler as its new chairman.

Mr Krikler, formerly chief executive of UJIA, replaces Lionel Curry — who becomes a life president of the charity.

The announcement follows a strategic partnership between Jami and Jewish Care, the community’s largest social services provider, in 2012.


Dad knifed for saying 'be quiet' in horror weekend

By Ben Hartman, May 10, 2012

A bloody weekend in which five Israelis were murdered has shocked the nation and left the police, the government and the school system scrambling to provide answers to the public.

Late on Friday night in Beersheva, Gadi Vichman, 36, was having trouble getting his two-year-old daughter to sleep because of the noise coming from a group of youths drinking in the courtyard below.


Mental health plight of tour group teenagers

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

Youth leaders are being taught to deal with social and mental health issues affecting teenagers on Israel tours and holiday camps.

Each year the UJIA builds on its leadership training programme to ensure they can cope with teenagers facing emotional or psychological issues, including anorexia and self-harm.

It also guides movements in helping participants break down taboos.


Mental illness charity joins forces with Jewish Care

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

The Jewish Association for Mental Illness is to merge with the community's largest social services provider, Jewish Care, in September, resulting in what both charities believe will be an improved mental health provision.

Golders Green-based JAMI "will not be swallowed up", its chief executive Laurie Rackind insisted. It would retain its name, operating as an agency of Jewish Care.