Mental health

Reunited with the man who saved his life

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

When former JFS student Jonny Benjamin launched a national search to track down the man who saved his life, he never expected it would succeed.

Mr Benjamin set up the "Find Mike" campaign last month, searching for the unknown man who had stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge six years ago.


Reunited with the man who saved his life

By Charlotte Oliver, January 30, 2014

A former JFS student has been reunited with the stranger who saved his life, weeks after launching a national appeal to find him .

Six years ago, Jonny Benjamin was ready to jump Waterloo Bridge into the Thames, when a passer-by approached him and persuaded him to think again .


Friend’s anorexia inspires campaign

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Highgate School pupil Amber Van Dam found it difficult to watch classmate Sophia Parvizi-Wayne battle against anorexia nervosa. But she helped her best friend on the road to recovery and now the 16-year-olds are fronting a campaign to promote mental health awareness within schools.


A stranger saved me. I want to say thanks

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2014

It was a chilly January morning when Jonny Benjamin finally lost all hope.

He sneaked out of the hospital where he was receiving treatment for a mental illness, boarded a train to central London, and walked onto Waterloo Bridge.

Climbing over the railings and staring down at the icy water of the Thames, he fully intended to jump.


Healthy idea from Jami

September 9, 2013

Jami, the community’s mental health service, is using its Rosh Hashanah appeal to raise awareness of the issues surrounding depression.

Jami chief executive Laurie Rackind said that “understanding what depression looks like and how it can be handled is an important first step.


It’s thanks for the memory as Lipman takes scientific journey

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2013

For the last 15 years of his life, Maureen Lipman’s father Maurice struggled with short-term memory loss and the actress was “afraid it was going to happen to me”. It was the inspiration for If Memory Serves Me Right, a prime time BBC documentary broadcast on Thursday night in which she explored issues of memory and memory loss.


Mental healthy charity's record-breaking dinner

November 29, 2012

Mental health charity Jami raised a record £200,000 from a dinner at London’s Savoy Hotel.

The work of Jami was highlighted by service users Sophia Levi and Jose Grayson, who told the 250 guests how it had help-ed them to cope with mental illness. Former British ambassador to Washington, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, was the guest of honour.


Rise in Charedim using mental health centre

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

A mental health charity working with the Charedi community is reporting an upsurge in cases.

The Talking Matters psychological therapy centre in Stamford Hill receives NHS funding for 775 clients but currently supports more than 1,200 people of all ages.

It receives £105,000 from the NHS and £15,000 from the nominal fees users are asked to pay.


Upset over mental health seminar snub

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

The chairman of the Jewish Association for Mental Illness is “very upset and irritated” by the lack of Jewish involvement in a major interfaith seminar at Lambeth Palace.

Professor Martin Aaron was one of three Jami delegates at Wednesday’s event held by the government-funded Time to Change, working “to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems”.


Murder mastermind New York rabbi is faking his mental illness, court hears

By Anna Sheinman, August 20, 2012

A New York rabbi accused of hiring contract killers to kill two men is faking his mental illness to avoid trial, a court heard on Friday.

Rabbi Victor Koltun of New York faces charges for murder and conspiracy for allegedly ordering the deaths of Gerald Piscopo, 28, and his uncle, ex-policeman Francis Piscopo, 49, on November 4 2010.