We are currently supporting two gurdware – Sikh centres for faith and society – to develop more effective mental health support infrastructure, a more mental health literate congregation and, further, volunteers with increased confidence at approaching mental health crisis situations.
With Gurdwara Sahib Woolwich, we have helped local volunteers in delivering an introductory mental health awareness talk in both Punjabi and English, involving individuals from Sikh Your Mind, Basics of Sikhi, and JKL Therapy.
Following this talk, we formed a small working group to help organise the next-steps, which took the form of a 1-day Mental Health Champion training delivered by a local instructor to increase our volunteer base.
Currently, the working group is deciding the next steps in furthering their confidence around the topic of mental health with a look to being better placed to support their congregation.
Similarly, with Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Bradford, we have worked with local volunteers to deliver an introductory mental health awareness talk in both Punjabi and English. We are currently working with volunteers to decide on next-steps, drawing on feedback from the initial talk and a needs assessment taken of the local community.
At Guru Amar Das Gurdwara, Leicester, Taraki worked alongside the Heera Foundation to ensure the local sangat (congregation) could start thinking about mental health. This engagement is not a longer-term project as are Woolwich and Bradford, but as our capacity broadens, we would look to engage more Gurdware in longer-term strategies to develop their mental health infrastructure.