The Jewish Chronicle



Before my child received support from Jami, I didn’t believe in therapy. I thought it should be a private family matter. I didn’t understand why she wanted to talk to a therapist, instead of me. It was quite difficult.

My daughter felt she couldn’t turn to her nearest and dearest. But once I had therapy myself, I gradually understood why.

I rang them in a moment of crisis when I did not know what to do. I had to finally get to grips with the fact that something real was happening. It wasn’t just a ‘teenage thing’. It is like being caught in a tornado. My case worker gave me perspectiv­e. Jami has helped me and they have helped me support my child.

There are times when I cannot sleep. It takes its toll. I worry about what has happened or about what might happen in the future.

I lean on my support group. They know what we are going through as a family. They are the people I can understand and I would not be able to talk to my friends as openly as I talk to them. We are a group of people who have been in similar situations. Being Jewish also helps, as coming from the same community is just more relatable.

We have learnt how to be compassion­ate in a situation, how hard it is in turmoil and how to understand exactly what your child is going through.

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