Mental Health & Wellbeing

Let's Talk

An EHRS Mental Health initiative which commenced with an awareness evening in February 2020.
The focus of the evening was the mental health of children, youth, young adults and their families in our community. We were pleased to welcome our keynote speaker Jonny Benjamin, as well as representatives from the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Jami, and Reform Judaism, for a Q&A panel, talking about the support their organisations provide.

‘Let’s Talk Mental Health and Social Media’ held on Sunday 2 May
EHRS held an online forum on Sunday 2 May with mental health experts discussing the impact of social media on mental health. The expert panellists included mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin MBE, Ian Russell of the Mollie Rose Foundation, Louisa Rose CEO of Beyond and a young person concerned that her peers do not seem to understand the impact of using social media in a negative way. Addressing a number of issues regarding the negative use of social media on mental health, the panel discussed how we can educate, support and protect ourselves and our young people with their online activity and suggested steps and tips that can be taken to do this. This zoom event was organised by the EHRS Let’s Talk mental health working group and received positive feedback with participants asking for more events like this, especially with a focus on a young person’s only event and how to achieve better male participation. To listen to the recording please click here.

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There is no doubt that Covid-19 and lockdowns has messed with pretty much many aspects of people’s lives and one area has been peoples sleep cycles.

Covid-19 is having a huge impact on children’s sleep, according to a survey by the Sleep Charity ( which found that as many as 70% of children under 16 are going to bed later and 57% are waking later.

Experts think this will have a long-term negative impact as schools re-open. It will be harder to go back to previous sleep routines, which could impact on mental and emotional health and wellbeing. The following website offers help and advice on sleep for young people –

Sleep is important to both our wellbeing and mental health. Lack of sleep can alter our mood scientifically causing irritability and anger and lessen our ability to cope with stress.

How does mental illness affect sleep? Mental illness affects sleep. Sleep problems are common among people suffering from depression, bipolar, anxiety and attention deficit disorders. Sleep and mood are directly related. If we get a good night’s sleep, we wake up happy. If we get too little sleep, we wake up irritable. (

The following websites give tips on how to get a better night’s sleep, include sleep in search box.

Written by Michael Benjamin February 2021

Support Information, Groups and Forums

Provider of Mental Health service within the Jewish Community for both young people and adults
0208 458 223,

Online mental health services have help lines for both young people and adults

Children’s and young people’s mental health charity, with a special link for parents
Free Telephone Line 0808 802 5544,

Shout is a 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks in the UK, for anyone in crisis.
It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help just text 85258 Shout is a 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks in the UK, for anyone in crisis.

There’s always somebody to talk to… Talking to someone could be the start of you feeling better. Just enter your post code and the web site will list all local services available