Asian Projects

A borough wide service for Hillingdon’s Asian Community with a mental health issue, their
families, friends or carers. We offer:

  • Social contact
  • Mutual support
  • Information and advice

There is an enormous stigma around mental illness in the Asian community but Hillingdon Mind’s Asian project is perceived by many as user friendly. It continues to raise awareness around the needs of the community and keep them high on the mental health agenda.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are constantly looking for reliable and committed volunteers who can give some time to others. Through the recruitment and training of volunteers the befriending scheme aims to provide people with mental health problems a supportive relationship in the Asian community. Volunteers also provide help in the support groups and the drop-in. Knowledge of at least one Asian language is required.

Please contact us if you would like any further information.

Please call us on 01895 271559

The referral form for Asian Projects can be downloaded here or can be completed online here.

The project currently consists of Aasra, Sahara and Sam-milan:

  • Aasra - Asian Women’s Group - Wednesday 10.00-12.00. A group for women with anxiety and depression, at Mead House, Hayes End.
  • Sahara - Asian Support Group - Wednesday 10.00-12.00 A group for people with long standing mental health issues at Mead House, Hayes End.
  • Dosti - Part of our Befriending Project, this scheme, matches trained volunteer befrienders to people who are isolated by their mental illness and may lack confidence in coping with the demands of everyday life. Often Asian people who require support do not know where to go for help, and they can also have language difficulties. Our volunteers can offer support in different Asian languages.
  • Befrienders offer on average a minimum of two hours support and or practical help each week to their friends according to the needs of the individual.
  • Volunteer Befrienders are required to attend a preparation course and regular supervision. Through peer support and supervision any problems or concerns in the befriending relationship can be explored. “Dosti” leaflets are available in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujerati and Bengali.