Networking with other Organisations.

6th of April 2018

Meeting with Sikh Helpline

Ranvir Singh (Vice Chair of The Heera Foundation) met with Giani Sukha Singh (CEO of Sikh Helpline) on the 6th of April 2018 in order to collaborate and spread our message about what support is available regarding mental health.  We would like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to the Sikh Helpline are fully on board with supporting our cause. We truly appreciate your support- THANK YOU. The Sikh Helpline are a registered charity offering a free and confidential helpline service to those in need, regardless of whether the caller is of a Sikh background or not. The service is one of listening and has developed expertise in dealing with cases relating to the following:

  • Domestic abuse (sexual, physical or emotional)

  • Child abuse (sexual, physical or emotional)

  • Bullying

  • Kakaar issues at school

  • Relationship issues

  • Substance abuse (including drugs and alcohol)

  • Depression and mental health issues.


The Sikh Helpline are working hard to break down cultural barriers to people seeking the help they need. For further information,please access:


If YOU would like to support The Heera Foundation in distributing our invaluable resources, please message us.  The Heera Foundation needs YOU to prevent further tragedies from occuring due to mental health issues.

The Heera Foundation has recently got in touch with Mindful Inspiration who offer a range of options to learn mindfulness skills.  The organisation is located in the West Midlands. Parveen Poonia, the founder of Mindful Inspiration and Mindfulness Teacher has delivered numerous mindfulness workshops and courses to individuals, groups and organisations.


Mindfulness is a skill that can help us to connect with what’s happening in the present moment. Mindfulness can help us all within the stressful situations of life that we find ourselves in.  It is a mind-body based approach that helps people change the way they think and feel about their experiences.   Being overwhelmed and stressed has an impact on our ability to focus and make wise choices. Mindfulness can help us take a pause in the midst of this busyness, enabling us to connect with ourselves. It can help to centre ourselves, bring clarity to challenging situations, better understand ourselves and others, as well as help to connect with those things that make us feel alive and nourished. Anyone can practise mindfulness by understanding our patterns of thinking and behaviours for us to best respond to a situation that may cause us stress. Watch this short dvd that summarises what mindfulness is about.


Thank you Parveen for taking the time to talk with The Heera Foundation and wishing to work with us to promote mindfulness within our community.  We believe that wellbeing is a priority for all.


For Further details take a look at:

Positive Participation


Did you know that Positive Participation is a Specialist Asian Mental Health Service?

The Heera Foundation has recently networked with Positive Participation, a provider of Asian mental health services in Wolverhampton, established since 2003.  The team’s objectives are to improve and prevent mental ill health among Asian males and females through the provision of a culturally sensitive community support service.  Gurbax Kaur, leading on this is keen to work with The Heera Foundation in order to raise awareness of service providers and organisations who are available to help.

Positive Participation provides an extensive timetable of services throughout the week these include:-

  • Fitness and leisure activities

  • Depression Management

  • Anxiety Management

  • Mental health advice and guidance clinics

  • Asian men’s mental and wellbeing social groups

  • Asian women’s mental health and wellbeing social groups

  • Penn Hospital in-reach

  • CPA reviews

  • Outreach

  • Tai Chi

  • One to one support

  • Mental Health Assessments and Reviews

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

For further details, contact 01902 552275,


Thank you Gurbax Kaur for the work that you are undertaking to support our community and taking the time to talk with The Heera Foundation.

19th of February 2018

Meeting with Maytree-

A Sanctuary for the Suicidal


Pavandeep Johal (Chair of The Heera Foundation)  met with Natalie Howarth (Director of Maytree- A Sanctuary for the Suicidal) on Monday 19th February 2018.  The meeting took place in Finsbury Park at the sanctuary itself.  Maytree was an enlightening experience offering comfort, trust and hope straight away on arrival.


Maytree provides people in the midst of a suicidal crisis with the opportunity for rest and reflection without any judgement.  Anyone suffering has the opportunity to stay in a nurturing and relaxed environment  The service that is offered runs for  24 hours a day, 365 days a year, where each guest has the opportunity to talk through their fears, thoughts and troubles. In doing so, Maytree endeavours to alleviate suffering and help people in suicidal crisis to re-engage with life and to restore hope.


As part of our mission, The Heera Foundation wishes to network with key established organisations such as Maytree to raise awareness of suicide prevention with the support that is available.  We wish to share with our community that there is a place where you can contact and visit should you be having suicidal thoughts.  It is imperative that we are knowledgeable about what provision and resources are already in place and most importantly where there is no judgement made.  The Maytree sanctuary allows you to speak openly about mental health, suicidal thoughts and offers that ray of hope.


For further details relating to Maytree and the work that they undertake, please feel free to see their website.


Thank you Maytree for being so accommodating.  We are grateful for the work that you do and appreciate the time that you gave to The Heera Foundation.

14th of February 2018

Peer Health Champions


On 14th February  2018, Ranvir Bisla (Vice Chair of The Heera Foundation) attended a Peer Health Champions Programme organised by Rights and Equality Sandwell (RES).  RES are looking to engage with the voluntary

sector and community led organisations to deliver the Peer Health Champions Programme.


Having attended the training, The Heera Foundation now wish to cascade key health messages to our community.  RES themselves wish to target those communities that are hard to reach, or are new communities and vulnerable groups. Some key health messages relate to how the NHS works, Staying Well and Mental Health and Wellbeing.


Thank you for the knowledge that we have gained from this training.  We now plan to cascade this invaluable information.  Please contact us on our email if you are interested:


We are grateful to RES for the training and details provided and appreciate the time that you gave to The Heera Foundation.

26th of January 2018

Meeting with Papyrus

(Prevention of Young Suicide)


The Heera Foundation (Pavandeep Johal-Chair of The Heera Foundation and Dayton Bisla- Lead Networking and Research,  met with the Chief Executive Ged Flynn and Sarah Blackie Head of Operations of Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) on Friday 26th January 2018.  The meeting took place at Papyrus’ head office in Warrington, Manchester.


As part of our mission, The Heera Foundation wishes to network with key established organisations such as Papyrus to raise awareness of suicide prevention.  We wish to bring their indepth research and knowledge into our community in order to break down any barriers that we have in relation to the stigma associated with suicide.  It is time to talk openly about mental health and suicide.  


Papyrus’ strategy around prevention, intervention and deepening knowledge of suicide is research based and commendable. Papyrus itself was founded in 1997 by Jean Kerr as a result of losing her son to suicide.  Other families affected by suicide began to join Papyrus as they too believed that something positive could come out of their own tragedies.


Papyrus is reaching out to to all communities to share their expertise and knowledge and they have welcomed the  opportunity to raise awareness and discuss aspects of their work around suicide at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Smethwick on 25th February 2018. They have an active HOPElineUK 0800 0684141.


For further details relating to Papyrus and the work that they undertake, please feel free to see their website.

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