Sikh Family Helpline now available

The World Sikh Organization of Canada launched the Sikh Family Helpline across Canada on World Mental Health Day, Oct. 10.

The Sikh Family Helpline is a peer-to-peer non-emergency helpline servicing the Sikh community in Canada in Punjabi and English.

The line helps families facing challenges such as addiction, abuse and mental health issues.

Individuals calling the Sikh Family Helpline can leave a voicemail with their name and safe number or email to contact them, and the issue they are facing. Calls will be returned within 24 hours from a blocked and private number. All calls and conversations are kept strictly confidential, expect in situations deemed an emergency or where children are at risk.

“Having culturally sensitive resources and access to counsellors who understand the cultural nuances of the Sikh community is essential and we believe this initiative will help connect members of the community in need with those existing resources,” WSO President Mukhbir Singh said.

The helpline number is 1-800-551-9128. Other community partners are Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) and Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin.

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