Mental health

Royals back campaigner's wish to open minds to mental health

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin has said that speaking to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was "like talking to friends".

The ambassador for mental health charity Jami was meeting the duke and duchess ahead of a film screening about suicide prevention.

"We really could have talked for hours," Mr Benjamin said.


Dear David Cameron, please help our 'broken' 10-year-old

By Lianne Kolirin, March 3, 2016

A mother whose 10-year-old daughter suffers severe mental health problems and has tried to commit suicide has complained to David Cameron about the NHS's failure to provide her family with proper help.


Jami pleased by a healthy interest

February 18, 2016

Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin - who was talked out of jumping off Waterloo Bridge in 2008 - addressed guests at a screening of The Stranger on the Bridge organised by mental health charity Jami at the Charlotte Street Hotel in central London.

The documentary is about Mr Benjamin's search for the man who persuaded him to abandon his suicide attempt.


Baddiel: 'You can be depressed for no reason'

By Josh Jackman, December 3, 2015

David Baddiel has spoken of his guilt at suffering from depression, a condition that also affected his grandfather, who survived the Holocaust.


Sister of Chasidic girl who committed suicide in July, also kills herself

By JC Reporter, November 24, 2015

The older sister of a Chasidic girl who killed herself by leaping from a rooftop bar in Manhattan four months ago has also committed suicide.

Sara Mayer, 31, was found dead on Sunday afternoon in her parents’ home in Borough Park.

Her sister, Faigy, 30, killed herself after climbing onto a ledge during a party on the roof of the 230 Fifth restaurant in the Flatir


Altered attitudes can open worlds

By Steve Silberman, November 5, 2015

A few years ago, after someone mentioned to me about the supposed rise of autism in Silicon Valley, I started reading every news story about autism I could find and downloading journal articles by the score. It soon became clear that the mysterious rise in diagnoses was not restricted to California, where I live.


Mental health awareness

November 3, 2015

Southend and Westcliff Community Care committee held a Dementia Awareness evening. Guest speaker Michael Meehan from the Alzheimer’s Society told the 60-strong audience: “Three thousand people are living with dementia in the Southend area; 850,000 in the UK, and this is expected to double in the next 30 years." Mr Meehan also outlined how the Alzheimer`s Society funds research products.


Poster boys who show Langdon's work in progress

October 8, 2015

A poster campaign celebrating the employment achievements of four people with learning disabilities has been launched across the borough of Barnet by Langdon, supporting young adults with learning difficulties.

The campaign is designed to highlight the reality that having a learning disability is not a barrier to employment.


Working well - Kisharon's scheme to find jobs for the learning disabled

By Rosa Doherty, September 10, 2015

National statistics show that 65 per cent of people with a learning disability want to work - yet only one-in-ten of these are in jobs.

But learning disability charity Kisharon insists it finds paid work for everyone on its employment programme.

Chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson explains that the positions are mostly "only for a couple of hours a week.


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.