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Queen to honour Marilyn for mental health campaigning

PUBLISHED: 17:47 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:46 07 September 2010

A tireless mental health campaigner has been rewarded with an MBE. Marilyn Lazarus, from Mill Hill, started JAMI, the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill, more than 20 years ago after her daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia. The Golders Green c

A tireless mental health campaigner has been rewarded with an MBE.

Marilyn Lazarus, from Mill Hill, started JAMI, the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill, more than 20 years ago after her daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The Golders Green charity runs a day centre looking after more than 100 people a week, a residential home caring for 15 people and a charity shop. Its patrons are Michael Portillo and Melvyn Bragg.

Mrs Lazarus said: "I was very happy, especially for our charity JAMI to be recognised. It's not about the personal recognition. The important thing is the work that we're doing at JAMI.

"Mental illness doesn't have to be shoved behind the cupboard. Until JAMI came along there was no charity looking after Jewish people who suffer from mental illness.


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