Mental health

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.


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.


More support for dementia carers

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2014

The Alzheimer's Society is allocating specialist funding for dementia support training within the Jewish community.

A month-long pilot scheme in Manchester has provided training for lay carers, additionally offering expert advice and a peer network. The courses are being run in partnership with Jewish welfare charity The Fed at its Prestwich headquarters.


Leeds united on dementia care

By John Fisher, February 13, 2014

Key Leeds Jewish welfare providers have joined forces to develop an integrated programme supporting those living with dementia, their carers and their families.

Donisthorpe Hall, Leeds Jewish Housing Association and Leeds Jewish Welfare Board comprise the Jubilee Partnership, which will work to deliver services more effectively.

The project has been made possible by a £75,000 grant from the


Reunited with the man who saved his life

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

When former JFS student Jonny Benjamin launched a national search to track down the man who saved his life, he never expected it would succeed.

Mr Benjamin set up the "Find Mike" campaign last month, searching for the unknown man who had stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge six years ago.


Reunited with the man who saved his life

By Charlotte Oliver, January 30, 2014

A former JFS student has been reunited with the stranger who saved his life, weeks after launching a national appeal to find him .

Six years ago, Jonny Benjamin was ready to jump Waterloo Bridge into the Thames, when a passer-by approached him and persuaded him to think again .


Friend’s anorexia inspires campaign

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Highgate School pupil Amber Van Dam found it difficult to watch classmate Sophia Parvizi-Wayne battle against anorexia nervosa. But she helped her best friend on the road to recovery and now the 16-year-olds are fronting a campaign to promote mental health awareness within schools.


A stranger saved me. I want to say thanks

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2014

It was a chilly January morning when Jonny Benjamin finally lost all hope.

He sneaked out of the hospital where he was receiving treatment for a mental illness, boarded a train to central London, and walked onto Waterloo Bridge.

Climbing over the railings and staring down at the icy water of the Thames, he fully intended to jump.


Healthy idea from Jami

September 9, 2013

Jami, the community’s mental health service, is using its Rosh Hashanah appeal to raise awareness of the issues surrounding depression.

Jami chief executive Laurie Rackind said that “understanding what depression looks like and how it can be handled is an important first step.


It’s thanks for the memory as Lipman takes scientific journey

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2013

For the last 15 years of his life, Maureen Lipman’s father Maurice struggled with short-term memory loss and the actress was “afraid it was going to happen to me”. It was the inspiration for If Memory Serves Me Right, a prime time BBC documentary broadcast on Thursday night in which she explored issues of memory and memory loss.