Mental health

For many, today is not just Succot

By Julia Renton, October 7, 2014

Three descriptions of living with schizophrenia:

Steven: "For five years, every time I left the house I heard voices, threats, telling me I was 'stupid; 'a loser'; 'an idiot' and other terrible things. I thought everyone was looking at me. I got into fights because of it, it was paralysing - the whole world was against me. I felt watched and judged. I wanted to quit college, and life.

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Kisharon movie wins award

October 2, 2014

A film commissioned by the Kisharon special needs charity has won an EVCOM Clarion Award, recognising coverage of issues such as corporate responsibility, diversity, sustainability, education and health.

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Israel 'one of happiest nations'

By Nathan Jeffay, September 11, 2014

Stereotypically, Jews are big complainers. But in a global poll, Israel comes out as one of the least peevish nations.

The Pew Research Centre's Global Attitudes Project positioned Israel as the eighth most satisfied nation in the world. Asked about national conditions, 49 per cent of Israelis were satisfied "with the way things are going" - nine per cent higher than in Britain.

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Computer game 'stops negativity'

By Nathan Jeffay, June 27, 2014

Israeli researchers have developed a computer game that gives people the strength to keep negative thoughts in check and stay happy.

Noga Cohen, a research student at the Psychology Department at Ben Gurion University, was determined to find a way to help people stop repeatedly turning over negative or "ruminative" thoughts in their minds.

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Couple battle council a second time over disabled daughter

By Rosa Doherty, June 19, 2014

A Family who fought a year-long battle to get their disabled daughter into a special Jewish school are facing a similar challenge eight years on.

Sabrina Leigh, who suffers from a type of cerebral palsy called Worster-Drought Syndrome, was initially denied the funding she needed for place at Kisharon as a 10-year-old, until Barnet Council were persuaded to reconsider.

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Scot charity chief departs to save services

By Daniel Easterman, April 28, 2014

Jewish Care Scotland chairman George Hecht has pledged there will be no cuts to frontline services after the charity announced the "mutually agreed" departure of chief executive Suzanne Neville in order to balance the books.
"Our community is suffering at the moment," Mr Hecht said.

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Battling the ache of loneliness

By Nicola Loftus, April 25, 2014

Can I introduce you to Harry? You would love him. He has bright blue twinkling eyes and a mischievous smile.

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The therapists in need of therapy

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 25, 2014

On April 2, at the London HQ of the Guild of Psychotherapists, 60 practitioners of the psychotherapeutic arts resolved to establish “The UK-Palestine Mental Health Network.” Being neither a psychotherapist nor a psychotherapeutic fellow-traveller I knew nothing of this gathering until Almighty God arranged for me to receive the official “report” of this meeting.

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Special school is sought for north

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2014

Plans for a Jewish special needs school in Greater Manchester are under discussion. It is estimated that 900 Jewish children in the region require extra educational support and since the closure of the Cheshire-based Delamere secondary school in 2011, there has been no dedicated Jewish special educational needs provision for those aged 11 to 15.

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Teacher saves teen from death jump

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2014

A teacher saved a teenage boy from potential suicide when he saw him on the parapet of a bridge over a busy road.

Adam Landsman, 27, was driving to work on Wednesday — a day when thousands of other teachers were on strike — and spotted the boy who had climbed the railings and was staring down at the rush-hour A1 traffic in Hatfield.

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