Gang attack survivor praises Neshama's 'life-saving' help


A victim of a vicious gang attack told the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board dinner how the charity's Neshama mental health service had been a "lifesaver".

Addressing the 200 guests, Daniel Saville said his heart had stopped beating at one point and he spent a long spell in hospital. Neshama's support during his after-care had been crucial and its staff were "the most incredible people" - in particular his support worker who "held my hand and made me realise that I had to fight for life and carry on".

The appeal video featured the stories of three other Neshama service users. One man recalled taking an overdose at work after being overcome by stress and anxiety at failing to meet targets.

But glancing at the photo on his desk of his young grandson, he realised he had plenty to live for. His bosses called the emergency services and Neshama helped him in his recovery.

The dinner was held at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and LJWB's Jonathan Straight said that, based on statistics, "34 people in this room will experience suicidal thoughts at some point. The demand for the board's mental health services continues to rise at an alarming rate."

LJWB is expanding its services to promote mental health awareness for men.

For light relief, comedians Lee Nelson and Lee Ridley provided the entertainment. The dinner raised £50,000.

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