Jami held its annual dinner last night at One Marylebone where over 300 guests attended to support the Jewish community’s mental health service. The annual dinner raised £350,000 which will go towards funding Jami’s vital services.
As the profile of mental health keeps growing nationally and within the community, Jami demonstrated during the evening how it is committed to ‘Transforming the Landscape of Mental Health’, by helping to reduce stigma, build resilience and create better health outcomes.
Doug Krikler, Chairman, welcomed guests and explained “Jami’s challenge as an organisation, and our challenge as a community over the next few years is to focus both on early intervention and building resilience across all generations – whilst continuing to provide direct support to ever increasing numbers of individuals in our care, who need the specialist intervention of a dedicated and committed mental health service.”
During the evening guests heard speaker, Lord Stevenson CBE, speak about his work in the mental health sector and what he’s learnt. He also gave a personal insight into his clinical depression and the differences between thriving, struggling and being ill.
“Being diagnosed with depression has affected every tiny atom of my life. I’ve lived through great highs and huge lows. Lows where I’ve even tried to end my life. I’m alive today because of Jami.” – Jon, Jami service user
At the event, Jami’s new fundraising was shown in which seven people who are supported by Jami shared their experiences by reading the letters they had written. One service user, Jon, said “Being diagnosed with depression has affected every tiny atom of my life. I’ve lived through great highs and huge lows. Lows where I’ve even tried to end my life. I’m alive today because of Jami.”
A huge thank you to all of our advertisers for supporting our dinner brochure and to Jennye Seres and Emma Hart for helping secure adverts and shape the content.