‘See Me’ raises over £1.2m in Jami’s first ever crowdfunding campaign
Jami, the Jewish community’s mental health service, ran an online match-funded campaign on 23-24 January 2022 to raise vital funds to expand their services.
Over 36 hours, 250 fundraising teams raised £1.24m for Jami’s mental health services. Over 5000 donations, all of which were matched by generous new grants, demonstrated just how much the community recognises the impact of mental illness and the need to ensure professional support is available.
“Since I started working at Jami, the challenge has been to get people to understand why mental health is important. For us to be able to raise in excess of one million pounds entirely from the community is hugely gratifying,” said Laurie Rackind, Jami Chief Executive.
He continued, “Mental health problems are on the increase and as a community we need to get better at recognising when people are struggling, understand what support is available, and for us at Jami to make sure that treatment and support are accessible to all who need us.”
The funds raised will be used to meet the increasing demand for Jami’s existing services – a third increase in people being supported since the start of the pandemic; provide urgently needed early intervention for children through piloting a new service for 11-16 year olds; growing access to mental health support on the high street via Head Room Cafés; and expanding suicide prevention and education.
Receiving no statutory funding, Jami’s work is only possible due to the generosity of the community. The See Me, See Mental Health campaign will ensure that Jami can continue to see, hear and help everyone needing support with their mental health.