Mental health

BBC documentary maker takes us Inside Harley Street

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2015

If you had asked a few years ago what people associated with Harley Street, you would most likely have had very different answers to the same question today.

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Enhancing the 'emotional health' of the community

By Barry Toberman, April 8, 2015

Relationship problems, bereavement, illness, unemployment, low self-esteem, sexuality and gender - all are issues which can adversely impact on emotional well-being. For more than 35 years, a Jewish counselling service, Raphael, has helped clients from London and the Home Counties deal with these and other "emotional health" matters.

At the outset, its counsellors saw 100 people a month.

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‘Don’t suffer in silence — I’m still alive because I asked for help’

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2015

Jennifer* is a 17-year-old pupil at a Jewish school in London. Here, she shares her story of depression and recovery:

I was always a happy and healthy girl, but when I started my GCSEs, my world changed. We received our predicted exam grades, and mine were mostly A*s.

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‘Don’t suffer in silence — I’m still alive because I asked for help’

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2015

Jennifer* is a 17-year-old pupil at a Jewish school in London. Here, she shares her story of depression and recovery:

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Rabbi: my struggle with mental health

By Rosa Doherty, January 29, 2015

A leading rabbi has spoken of a daily battle against mental illness.

Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, of Finchley Reform Synagogue, said: "I know myself what it is to be bundled into a police van handcuffed behind my back and driven for hours looking for a mental hospital to admit me.

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'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.

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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.

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Berger learns about Jami

November 6, 2014

Shadow Health minister Luciana Berger gained a first-hand appreciation of the work of mental health charity Jami when she toured the Martin B Cohen Centre for Wellbeing in Edgware.

She met service users, staff and volunteers. discussing ways to tackle the stigma around mental health within the Jewish community.

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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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