"Jami saved me and my daughter"
The number of families seeking support from Jami has tripled in the last year. This Rosh Hashanah we urgently need your support to meet this growing need.
When the doctor told me that if my teenage daughter, Issy, took one more overdose she could die, I was immobilised with fear. I wouldn’t let Issy out of my sight, yet I felt very alone and in desperate need of guidance.
A friend introduced me to Sarah, the Carer Coordinator with Jami’s Carer and Family Support service. She listened to me without judgement, understood what I was going through and gave me practical advice and support. She virtually held my hand every step of the way until I felt confident to manage what was happening with Issy. I don’t know how I would have coped without Sarah’s support.
When Rachel first called me, she wasn’t sleeping, eating or looking after herself properly. She felt helpless, guilty for neglecting her family and desperately needed guidance on how to help her daughter.
We talked about what was happening with Issy, about Rachel’s feelings, and about how to navigate the mass of information she had received about Issy’s illness and treatment options. We spoke regularly until gradually, Rachel felt stronger and more able to manage the situation with her daughter.
Every day I witness the impact caring for someone with mental illness has on the family. With your support, we can help more families like Rachel and Issy’s, that are struggling to cope with mental illness.
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The past 18 months has had a devastating effect on many young people’s mental health and over 50% of children and young people with a mental disorder believe that lockdown has made their life worse.
could pay for coffees for five befriending pairs at Head Room Café
could pay for a group support session for two young adults with mental health issues
could pay for a b’nei mitzvah session on mental health awareness
could provide a mental health first aid course for four carers
could allow 7 teachers to attend a ‘Guidance for Schools on Suicide’ training session