The Sikh Helpline
The Sikh Helpline (SHL) is a registered charity and works independently according to its own policies and mission statement. The helpline offers a free and confidential helpline service to those in need, regardless of whether the caller is of a Sikh background or not. Our service is one of listening and has developed expertise in dealing with cases covering, among many others:
Domestic abuse (sexual, physical or emotional)
Child abuse (sexual, physical or emotional)
Kakaar issues at school
Substance abuse (including drugs and alcohol)
Depression and mental health issues.
SHL receives many calls from women and children who are suffering from domestic violence and abuse.
Sikh Helpline Is Able To Assist Them By:
Offering family mediation and support; (To work with families to overcome cultural shame and 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 Gurdwaras, 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.