News 9 April

Free, safe and anonymous online mental health service available to Jewish students

Jami, the Jewish community’s mental health service, has been working with XenZone to provide Jewish university students across the UK with access to Kooth Student, an online mental health service. The service  is available to Jewish university students wherever they are studying in the UK and can be accessed via https://jami.kooth.com.

On Kooth Student, students are able to read and contribute articles surrounding mental health, join moderated forum discussions, and use tools such as online journals and goal trackers. The service, which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), encourages students to support each other with peer to peer support through moderated comments and forums in an established online community. 

Students are also able to chat to a qualified counsellor via an online messaging service. Sessions can be booked in advance or are available as an online drop-in service. There are no waiting lists or thresholds for students to be able to login to speak to a counsellor. 

“This is a huge step forward in being able to support Jewish students throughout the UK. The transition from adolescence through to becoming young independent adults living away from home can have a huge impact on students’ mental health; and now amid the current crisis, even where students may have returned home, a host of other factors may affect them”, said Laurie Rackind, Jami’s Chief Executive. 

Dr Lynne Green, XenZone’s Chief Clinical Officer added, Kooth Student offers students preventative mental health and wellbeing support to help manage the pressures of everyday student life.  Students have been facing unprecedented issues as uncertainty surrounding exam results and placements, social isolation and disruption from usual routines are starting to take their toll.  Our friendly online team of experienced and qualified counsellors will be there for them throughout their student journey and we always encourage those that access our service to utilise peer to peer support available via forums and articles.”   

Jami has been working with The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) and University Jewish Chaplaincy to run a programme of support, events and awareness raising to ensure Jewish students, wherever they attend University across the UK, can access mental health support. Kooth Student has been commissioned by the programme to strengthen the support available as an easily accessible option. 

“We are delighted that Jami is launching Kooth and look forward to being able to share this with our students. Having access to professional mental health support online will not only help to better support students’ needs but will also ease the burden on stretched university and NHS mental health services. While we are all being asked to practice social distancing we know that our students may have increased feelings of anxiety and isolation, this provision undoubtedly couldn’t have come at a more opportune time”, commented Sophie Dunoff, Chief Executive Officer, University Jewish Chaplaincy.

About Jami 

Jami is the mental health service for the Jewish Community, enabling independence and building resilience through community hubs and outreach; education and training; and bespoke recovery support plans. Jami helps over 1,300 people annually, those with mental illness and their family and friends. 

Statistics show that in any one year, 25% of us experience a diagnosable mental health problem. Jami supports anyone affected by a mental health problem and enables people to lead a meaningful life despite severe mental ill health. 

For more information please contact Karen Wilson, Marketing and Communications Manager at karen.wilson@jamiuk.org.