Mental health

Support flows for autistic boy

By Robyn Rosen, February 24, 2011

The parents of a severely autistic boy have welcomed "amazing" messages of support following their struggle to provide extra care for their son.


School battle over autistic boy

By Robyn Rosen, February 17, 2011

A mother of a severely autistic boy has said she feels she has failed him after losing a battle with a council to send him to a top autism school.

Chase Lindsay is the surviving twin of a 23-week premature birth. He weighed just one pound at birth.

He remained on a life support machine for seven months, flat-lined twice and his parents were told he had a one per cent chance of survival.

Now, aged five, he is physically able, but does not speak.


Why Ruby Wax wants to be your therapist

By John Nathan, February 10, 2011

How did we get to this point? Is life a crap shoot? Who is in charge? Do we get any smarter as we get older? Does anyone know what they are doing?

Ruby Wax is addressing some serious questions in her new show, Losing It. An odd move, possibly, for someone best known as a wise-cracking comedian, but these days Wax is more interested in serious matters, particularly concerning mental health, than easy laughs.


Study into dementia provision

February 4, 2011

The Nightingale care home in south London is joining forces the internationally renowned Bradford Dementia Group at Bradford University to create a blueprint for care for its residents with dementia.

Over the next two years, the organisations will work on a model provision for older people in care homes, which the partners believe will have national implications.

Bradford Dementia Group head of training and practice Paul Edwards believes "this project will transform care services for people with dementia and will raise the bar in what we can expect of care organisations in the field".


Corrie star's FJS opening night

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 3, 2010

A newly refurbished mental health facility has been opened by Manchester's Federation of Jewish Services as part of its merger with the Healthlands Village.

Modelled on a cafe lounge, the ground floor space in Heathlands' Eventhall House in Prestwich was officially launched by Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine at a party on Tuesday night. The actress takes a particular interest in mental health issues as her father Tom chairs a charity supporting mood disorder sufferers.


Service users show Jami's got talent

By Jessica Elgot, September 2, 2010

Mental health charity Jami staged an evening of home-grown talent, with seven service users showing off their skills in jazz, singing and poetry.

The talent show attracted a crowd of more than 60 to the Jami premises in Golders Green for a programme including violin and piano pieces.

David Malins, 55, from Colindale, who has recovered from bipolar disorder, read poetry from his self-published book Love Songs of Innocence and Experience and sang If I was a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof.


Welfare board faces up to cuts

By Jessica Elgot, August 20, 2010

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is urging the community to "dig deep" for its Rosh Hashanah appeal, fearing that budgets could be slashed by Leeds City Council.

LJWB chief executive Rebecca Weinberg is concerned about meeting an increasing caseload in the wake of recession-related job losses, debts and family breakdowns.

"We are looking at a much greater demand for some of our services, particularly mental health and family services," she said. "We see a lot of people driven into deep depression by debt and we are somewhat limited because we are not debt counsellors."


Son fights to move mother from Christian cemetery

By Marcus Dysch, July 29, 2010

A bereaved son has described his frustration after an unsuccessful three-year battle to have his mother's body moved from a Christian cemetery to a Jewish resting place.

Eugene Linder's late mother, Biba Skodnik, is buried in Finland. He has pleaded with the country's Prime Minister and President to allow him to reinter her in Switzerland, where his family now lives.

But despite the assistance of London-based Rabbi Aba Dunner of the Conference of European Rabbis, Mr Linder has failed to receive permission from the Finnish authorities to move her.


Manchester Fed completes Heathlands move

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

The considerable logistical task of moving the Federation of Jewish Services, Manchester's largest charity, to its new premises in the Heathlands Care Village will be completed by Monday.

FJS adult, children and families, social work and referrals teams will move to the ground floor of the Heathlands main building. This completes the process, after the finance, HR and IT departments moved to join Chai Cancer Care on the first floor.

Chief executive Karen Phillips says the move heralds the beginning of a flagship Jewish care organisation for Manchester.


Jami's modern approach to mental health

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2010

Laurie Rackind's caseload as chief executive of the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill would decrease dramatically "if the community treated everyone with a mental health issue like anyone else.

"Part of why we exist is because that ain't happening," he said, reporting a client list exceeding 250 with problems including, anorexia, OCD, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

And although Jami's work eases the burden on an overstretched NHS, only £45,000 of its £600,000 budget comes from statutory sources. It relies on almost 100 volunteers to support the professional team.