About The Sikh Helpline
Established over 25 years ago, The Sikh Helpline has developed itself to be a trusted point of contact for members of the community in dealing with a range of issues, especially those linked to cultural and social taboos. The Sikh Helpline is a free professional and confidential telephone counselling and email inquiry service, available 24 hour a day, 7 days a week. Founded over 20 years ago and is the only registered charity of its kind, entirely funded from donations of our supporting. The Sikh Helpline (SHL) works independently according to its own policies and mission statement and in close collaboration with third party agencies to ensure service users are signposted to receive the support needed as required.
The services of Sikh Helpline are available to any individual regardless of age, gender, race/culture, physical and mental disabilities, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, class or status. Our service is one of listening and we aim to assist anyone in need of emotional support, guidance and advice on a one-to-one basis with various issues, including but not limited to:
- Bullying and Racism
- Substance Abuse (including Smoking / Drinking / Drugs)
- Domestic Violence and Abuse
- Depression and Mental Health Issues.
- Relationship Issues
- Grooming Awareness Campaign
- Discrimination within the work place
- Problems at school or home
- Issues regarding Articles of faith
- Child abuse (sexual, physical or emotional)
The Sikh Helpline is able to assist by:
- Offering family mediation and support (to work with families to overcome cultural taboos and social barriers);
- Supporting victims through counselling;
- Mindfulness based intervention for depression, anxiety, anger management and substance abuse;
- Self-development and empowerment based support;
- Identify safe houses where necessary; and
- Sign posting to external reputable support services where appropriate.
The Sikh Helpline has a strong track record of initiating and developing public awareness campaigns on issues including domestic abuse, substance abuse and sexual grooming. These campaigns have involved creating and distributing multimedia resources, posters, information leaflets and hosting presentations and workshops across community events, Universities, schools and other public forums in order to raise awareness of the subject and hand and discuss prevention/reduction methods. We are working hard to break down cultural barriers to people seeking the help they need.
The Sikh Helpline was established to address these pressing issues and there have been many success stories to date. Please click on the Testimonials menu at the top of this page.