Mental health

Mission to combat mental health prejudice

October 27, 2011

A film designed to combat the stigma and prejudice often associated with mental health issues was launched at Jewish Care’s Martin B Cohen Centre for Wellbeing in Edgware on World Mental Health Day.

Park Bench was written and produced by some of the charity’s mental health educators in association with Magpie Motion Productions.


Appealing Nightingale

September 22, 2011

The Nightingale care home in south London has a £75,000 target for its Rosh Hashanah appeal to help bridge the "significant gap between providing exceptional care and funding received".

Nightingale recently opened a state-of-the-art dementia facility, the Wohl Wing, and is conducting a wide-ranging dementia care training programme.


Resident's story is focus of Norwood appeal

September 15, 2011

The help provided by Norwood to a 22-year-old born with cerebral palsy is the focus of its Rosh Hashanah appeal, which has a £100,000 target.

Sara is a resident at Norwood's Ravenswood facility in Berkshire.


Health trust's dedicated role

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

NHS Salford is hiring its first dedicated Jewish support worker to improve the uptake of mental health treatments among the community.

It is hoped the primary care trust-sponsored one-year position will spread awareness of self-help techniques to tackle depression and anxiety and facilitate more intensive treatments for conditions such as schizophrenia.


Hackney Council force man to fend for himself

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

The sister of a schizophrenic man who has lived in a Jewish Care home for 20 years has said she fears for his life after a London council decided he should live alone.

Hackney Council has arranged to move Allan Basser, 64, into independent accommodation in Clapton next week, with 19 hours a week of care.

According to a council spokeswoman, Mr Basser had requested the move, but his sister, Jo


Computer venture has dual benefits

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

Mental health charity Jami has gone into the computer trade as a means of giving employment to its clients and helping the less fortunate.

Jami service users Harvey Miller and Robert Cohen are leading a project to refurbish run-down machines, destroying all personal data in the process. The computers will then be sold on cheaply to those in need.


Rabbis finally break silence on sex abuse

By Yoav Sivan, May 26, 2011

The portraits of the founders of psychoanalysis looked on with approval as rabbis joined mental health experts to discuss the problem of sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community.

The groundbreaking event took place at the William Alanson White Institute, a top psychoanalytic training and treatment centre, on Manhattan's Upper West Side.


Mum receives council apology

By Robyn Rosen, April 7, 2011

The mother of an autistic child has received compensation and an apology from Hackney Council for lack of support.

Five years ago, Maxine Jones told the council that her son Daniel's school, Simon Marks Jewish Primary, could not provide the care he needed.


Jewish Care Young Patrons raise £55k for Edgware centre

March 28, 2011

More than 200 Jewish Care Young Patrons gathered at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair for their third annual dinner. Dani Hopwood, who runs an education programme at the Martin B Cohen Centre for Wellbeing, made the appeal. The evening raised £55,000 which will go to the Edgware-based centre which supports people experiencing mental health issues.

Photos: Justin Grainge



Guests are icing on Jami cake

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

Jewish mental health charity Jami has hosted visitors from a similar Israeli organisation in what is hoped will be the start of a productive long-term relationship.

During a London trip, five representatives of Enosh, the Israeli Mental Health Association, met members of the Jami team to discuss strategies.