The sixth edition of the British Sikh Report was launched in Parliament yesterday.
Hosted by Jasvir Singh in Portcullis House, the launch featured contributions from MPs including Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Adam Holloway and Seema Malhotra.
The report was the result of over 2,000 survey responses from members of the British Sikh community. It featured an article on mental health by Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Dr Jhutti-Johal invited key mental health Sikh community activists to talk about their activities. These included Kal Singh Dhindsa, author of ‘My Father & The Lost Legend of Pear Tree’, Shuranjeet Singh Takhar, who founded tarakī, and Neelam Heera from Cysters.
The executive summary listed the following key findings of the report:
- 10% of Sikh women have been diagnosed with mental health issues compared to 5% of Sikh men
- 80% of Sikh women and 68% of Sikh men know someone who has experienced poor mental health in the past year
- 77% of Sikhs find their lives stressful
- 35% of Sikhs said their job was the major cause of stress, and a further 27% said it was due to family responsibilities
- 61% of Sikh men and 52% of Sikh women expect to live with extended family in their old age
- 27% of Sikhs hope to live in a retirement village in their old age
- Only 2% of Sikhs have elderly family members who currently live in a care home.
You can find the report here: http://www.britishsikhreport.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/British-Sikh-Report-2018.pdf