How Jami helped change my life

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

A WOMAN helped by men­tal health char­ity Jami in her bat­tle against de­pres­sion and an eat­ing dis­or­der shared her ex­pe­ri­ences with Jami sup­port­ers at a Hamp­stead event which raised more than £25,000.

“By the time of my A-lev­els I was se­verely de­pressed,” Rivkah Grant told the 85 guests at a ladies’ brunch. “Most days I was un­able to go to school — and when I did, I sat in the cor­ner of the class­room with my head down.

“I stopped eat­ing and rapidly fell into the depths of star­va­tion and de­pres­sion. I couldn’t see a way out of the dark­ness.” She be­came sui­ci­dal and was hos­pi­talised sev­eral times, most re­cently for six months last year.

Ex­plain­ing Jami’s role in her re­cov­ery, she re­called that when she moved into her own flat, the char­ity helped her ap­ply for a grant to­wards fur­nish­ing.

“I am very lucky to have a lovely flat — not some­thing I ever thought I could man­age. I set­tled in and am proud of what I have achieved with the help of oth­ers. Liv­ing in my own flat has al­lowed me to move on with many ar­eas of my life, giv­ing me the space to live fully in­de­pen­dently.”

The chang­ing land­scape of men-

I stopped eat­ing and rapidly fell into the depths of star­va­tion and de­pres­sion’

PHO­TOS: YAKIR ZUR

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