A conference aimed at raising awareness about mental health issues within Sikh and other South Asian communities has been held in Birmingham.
The conference looked at the stigma, superstitions and discrimination surrounding mental health issues within the Sikh, Punjabi and South Asian communities.
The organisers used the power of faith, professionals, patients and careers to ensure the message was made clear.
– Singh Bahra
"We want to send out a loud and clear message to the Sikh, Punjabi and South Asian communities that there is nothing to fear or be ashamed about. Mental illness affects all communities regardless of age, creed, gender, nationality or status"
With timely access and appropriate supports available, people can recover completely or can manage the illness and go on to live full and fulfilling lives.
Sadhu Singh Gill, Sikh mental health conference organiser says that help is always available.