Mental health

Four years after murder, Kahan family still waiting for inquest

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 28, 2012

On the fourth anniversary of the stabbing to death of a Jewish klezmer violinist outside a kosher bakery, his family have expressed their dismay at delays to an inquest to discover what led to the tragedy.

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Mental health plight of tour group teenagers

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

Youth leaders are being taught to deal with social and mental health issues affecting teenagers on Israel tours and holiday camps.

Each year the UJIA builds on its leadership training programme to ensure they can cope with teenagers facing emotional or psychological issues, including anorexia and self-harm.

It also guides movements in helping participants break down taboos.

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Mental illness charity joins forces with Jewish Care

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

The Jewish Association for Mental Illness is to merge with the community's largest social services provider, Jewish Care, in September, resulting in what both charities believe will be an improved mental health provision.

Golders Green-based JAMI "will not be swallowed up", its chief executive Laurie Rackind insisted. It would retain its name, operating as an agency of Jewish Care.

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Dementia care unit opening

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 10, 2012

A £1 million dementia care wing has been opened at the Donisthorpe home in Leeds, its second unit catering for a rising number of dementia sufferers. Features of the 15-bed facility include floor sensors which automatically turn on lights.

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Special-needs pupil barred from Israel trip

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012

The father of a 14-year-old King Solomon High School pupil with moderate learning disabilities is "bitterly disappointed" that she is not being allowed to join the Redbridge school's Israel trip.

But King Solomon teachers maintain the girl is unsuited to a mainstream school and have "health and safety" concerns about her going on the Israel tour in May of next year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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