In 2016 UJS launched Reclaim, our first ever mental health awareness campaign, with support from mental health charities Jami and Nightline.
Placing student experience and testimony at the centre of efforts to raise awareness amongst young British Jews, Reclaim creates a new platform for talking about mental health and signposts to the organisations who can offer the right kind of help. On social media, on campus and in student homes around the country, it’s time to reclaim the discussion around mental health.
From lunch and learns, to Mental Health FNDs and from speakers to self-care events, Reclaim events come in many forms, check out our guide to bring these events to campus and our dedicated Reclaim website.
Luciana Berger MP, President of the Labour Campaign for Mental Health and former Shadow Minister for Mental Health, said:
‘For too long, mental illness has been treated as a taboo subject and there is no exception within the Jewish community. We all have a part to play to bring mental health out of the shadows.
I am incredibly proud that UJS is at the forefront of this fight against stigma. The positive impact of this hard work will be felt not only by students, but by families and friends as well. I look forward to seeing the campaign’s success continue.’
Jami was set up in 1989 by parents, relatives and friends of people who suffered from mental health problems.
For those affected by mental health issues such as bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia, depression and eating disorders, life can be extremely difficult. Often there is a breakdown of the home and family life, jobs are lost and the situation can spiral out of control.
Jami’s focus is on recovery; it is a major milestone for some to simply get out of bed in the morning and get dressed to go to one of Jami’s day centres. For others, moving to voluntary work or even paid employment may, for the first time, be an achievable goal. Jami is committed to helping members fulfil their individual potential, maximise their self-esteem and progress along their own unique recovery path.
Established in 1971, London Nightline is an independently registered charity offering listening, support and information to higher education students by way of a confidential helpline.
They are based in central London, but offer support to half a million students at our 38 affiliated universities across greater London and Open University students in all regions. If you are not currently affiliated to Nightline, you can find out more here.
Nightline is able to provide crucial out-of-hours peer support via phone, Skype, emailand instant messaging services. They are open between 6pm and 8am every night of term, and run almost entirely by students. Find more about how to use our service here.