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British Sikh Report On Mental Health 2018: Thoughts And Critique

Does the British Sikh Mental Health report accurately represent gurbani and mental health?

  • Yes

  • No

  • It is accurate in places but doesn't provide the whole perspective

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Please read the latest report on British Sikhs and Mental Health:


It would be great to discuss this report, how it represents sikhi and spiritual perspectives on mental health and depression.

What does the report do well? (It's started a conversation and provided evidence, however tenuous that may be, really should provide transparency around the methodology for us to judge fairly).

Does the report fairly represent gurbani and it's guidance in matters of mental health? Is such a thing possible given the breadth of Gurbani and metaphysical nuance?

Some have criticised the report for demonising sikhi the religion vs attributing factors to sikhi as an ethnoculturalal group i.e. punjabi, or recognising the violence of colinialism and such constructs for gender, families, careers etc. in promoting mental health issues.

How do you feel about the use of drugs for treating mental health? Is characterising depression as a chemical imbalance in the brain compatible with understanding depression from a sikh perspective and treating it with nitnem (as the report suggests sikhi advocates)?

Please feel free to add your own questions

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh