Awareness boost for Jami

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

Jami's landmark mental health campaign has attracted a huge rise in referrals to the service.

Think Ahead, the first mental health campaign to target the entire Jewish community, was launched in May in the JC. The next month, there was a 186 per cent increase in new people contacting the charity for assistance.


Israeli coalition collapse averted

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

Seven weeks since the elections, on Wednesday afternoon, the Knesset removed the final obstacle to Benjamin Netanyahu's fourth government when it narrowly passed an amendment that allowed him to appoint more than 18 ministers to his new cabinet.


Sufferers go untreated - it wouldn't happen if they were cancer victims

By Professor Gary Kupshik, May 7, 2015

My interest in mental health was first piqued by a statement made by Lady Tebbit in the wake of her paralysis following the IRA bombing of the Conservative Party conference in 1984. She was confined to a wheelchair, faced with flashbacks from the trauma, and had minimal movement in any of her extremities.


First person: 'You can't run away from your own mind'

May 7, 2015

Andrew Barbarash has been through multiple mental illnesses. Now he is a Jami peer support worker, helping other sufferers to improve their lives.

The 32-year-old Londoner says: "I had a nervous breakdown. It was brought on by post-university pressures. In the Jewish community, you're expected to earn a lot, to have a high job status, and I felt that was expected of me.


It's time we talked about mental illness

By Josh Jackman, May 7, 2015

It affects every single member of our community - if not directly, then someone they know. Chances are, we all have someone in our family and someone we work with who has experienced it.


Major battle over top Israeli court looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

The new Knesset will be a battle-ground over the future and independence of Israel's Supreme Court.

The appointment of Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked - an outspoken critic of the court's powers to scrutinise and disqualify legislation - as the new justice minister will add extra impetus to the campaign to limit its powers.


Israel hit by race riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

Two angry protests against police violence have brought the challenges facing Israel's Ethiopians to the fore.

Sixty-eight people were injured and 43 arrests were made at the second demonstration, which took place in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening. Thousands of Israeli-Ethiopians and members of other communities took part.


Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.


'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.