Episode 30: In conversation with Zohra Khaku, Director of the Muslim Youth Helpline

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In the show today, we’re going to hear a conversation I recorded a couple of weeks ago with Zohra Khaku. Zohra is the Director of the Muslim Youth Helpline, a national award-winning charity helpline that provides free and confidential faith and culturally sensitive support services to young Muslims around the UK.

Huge thanks to Zohra for sitting down with me; I hope you find the conversation to be interesting and thought-provoking.

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Episode 27: Mental health in the Punjabi community with Shuranjeet Singh,

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In this new episode of the HeadStart podcast, I had the great pleasure of speaking to Shuranjeet Singh. Shuranjeet is a mental health advocate and campaigner, and the founder of Taraki, a service which works with the Punjabi community, and especially with men in that community, to break down the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and to put members of the that community in touch with the support they need.

The conversation is a 'deep dive' into Shuranjeet's work with Taraki, the personal experiences that led to him creating the service, and to the cultural, religious and historical contexts that may lead to mental health being a taboo subject for men in the Punjabi community and Sikh Faith. The conversation is a reminder that a 'one size fits all' approach to tackling the stigma of mental health is unlikely to work; we need to understand the beliefs and cultural backgrounds of individuals in order to engage and support them effectively.

We hope you find the podcast to be a insightful and thought-provoking listen! Huge thanks to Shuranjeet for taking the time to speak to HeadStart.