Mental health

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.


Talk Around It offers speech therapy for stroke survivors

By Carl Nelkin, May 28, 2015

Dubliner Aviva Cohen has received €50,000 (£37,000) from Enterprise Ireland to help families whose loved ones have speech and language difficulties following stroke, brain injury, dementia and other chronic conditions.


Campaign launched to tackle stigma of mental illness

By Josh Jackman, May 21, 2015

A campaign has been launched to tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness within the Jewish community.

Think Ahead will run for a year, using 30 striking images accompanied by text, which Jami hopes will get people talking.


Getting physical to boost mental health

By Josh Jackman, May 21, 2015

Physical health is mainstream. Our culture is saturated with messages on how to improve your wellbeing, the government regularly runs campaigns targeting obesity, and no one will doubt you if you say you have a broken arm.

In contrast, mental health sufferers can feel as if they are ignored and isolated, with no idea of how to get better, or if a recovery is even possible.


'The best thing that happened was that my teacher listened to me'

May 14, 2015

Gershon, 22, from Edgware in north London, had performed well at school and was studying at a yeshiva in New Jersey. He also had an undiagnosed mental illness.

He says: "I'm bipolar. I've had manic episodes and depression, had times where I've been suicidal, and I've done some self-harm.


Families under strain must keep talking

By Lucille Balcombe, May 14, 2015

The mental health of children and young people is everyone's issue - parents, professionals and the youngsters themselves.


Problem on the rise in schools, universities and in the workplace

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

We are a community that cares for its children. The stereotype of the Jewish mother - feeding, clothing and coddling their offspring, sometimes to the extreme - exists for a reason: children are seen as precious.

However, this desire for our sons and daughters to succeed has created higher and higher levels of expectation of young people.


No more stigma

May 7, 2015

This week, we start a series on mental illness. Irrational as it may be, a stigma still attaches to the condition in some places - even though one in four of us suffers from mental illness in any given year. Organisations like JAMI do good work not just in removing the stigma but in offering practical help to those who are suffering.


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.