Chigwell & Hainault’s talk on mental health
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Wednesday 11th March 2020

Chigwell and Hainault United Synagogue recently heard Eleanor Mandelstam and Mike Segall speak on their father and daughter journey with bipolar disorder. 150 people attended the talk, which discussed battling the stigma against mental illness, and how to spot the signs in their community, for anyone in need of help.

Mike discussed his diagnosis in 2000 after 9 years of struggling with manic and depressive episodes. Just 4 years later, his daughter Eleanor was diagnosed with bipolar at the age of 16. She is now an author and mental health advocate, and Mike is a speaker about his experiences. Members of the community asked questions, as well as sharing their own stories.

Lindsay Shure, Chigwell & Hainault's chair, said, “Their talk was very honest, open and informative and they answered a lot of questions during Kiddush too. They helped us understand what it’s like to live with bipolar disorder both as individuals and in a family context. A very worthwhile event.”


By Eleanor Mandelstam

Photo credit: Blend Photography