The launch of Young Jami

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On Thursday 29 June, Jami the Community’s mental health service hosted an event at their social enterprise Head Room Café in Golders Green to launch Young Jami. Thirty guests enjoyed a three course sit down dinner, with an inspired Mediterranean menu created by Head Room Café’s chef Or Golan, former Head Chef at Ottolenghi. The menu used seasonal, fresh ingredients and offered paring wines for each course provided by Danny Saltman of Kedem Europe.

Liz Jessel, Head of Development at Jami welcomed the room and told guests “among people under 65, nearly half of ill health is mental illness. Yet only a quarter of that number are actually receiving any treatment”.  She went on to explain how “Jami believe that by bringing mental health to the high street we can build a community that puts emotional wellbeing at the core of living a healthy, satisfying life. We can create a community that promotes positive mental health whilst recognising the signs of poor mental health and knowing how to respond.”

Daniel Neis, Peers Support Worker at Head Room Café spoke about his role at the café and how he is working to challenge current perceptions of mental health and signpost services that Jami offers. Daniel then did a quick three-minute exercise with the room, where guests were encouraged to join in the conversation on mental health.

Having learned more about the services that Jami provides to the community, on 98% voluntary funding, guests pledged to donate their time, money or both to Jami. The event was a great success, securing new Young Jami committee members, Young Patrons and raising £1,800.