Mental 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.


Battling the ache of loneliness

By Nicola Loftus, April 25, 2014

Can I introduce you to Harry? You would love him. He has bright blue twinkling eyes and a mischievous smile.


The therapists in need of therapy

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 25, 2014

On April 2, at the London HQ of the Guild of Psychotherapists, 60 practitioners of the psychotherapeutic arts resolved to establish “The UK-Palestine Mental Health Network.” Being neither a psychotherapist nor a psychotherapeutic fellow-traveller I knew nothing of this gathering until Almighty God arranged for me to receive the official “report” of this meeting.


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