Mental health

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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.