Tag: Jagmeet Singh Sidhu Fundraiser

Remembering Rana



It’s been over two years since Rana passed away. I’ve been an avid participant in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year I dedicated my fundraising in Rana’s memory. It made such a big impact, I feel Urban Desi Radio can be used as a platform to bring awareness to suicide prevention within the South Asian community. The goal is to raise 1,000 dollars. Please pass on this blog to all your friends and family. To make a donate CLICK HERE.

Thank you from the UDR Founders



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Dearest Donors,

On January 30th 2011, Urban Desi Radio reached our 1,000 dollar goal to the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention in memory of Jagmeet (Rana) Sidhu. It’s all thanks to donors like you who contributed and helped spread this around your facebooks, twitters and other social networking platforms. It proves yet again, when we all come together as a community, things happen for the better. We were turned down by one Gurdwara who wouldn’t let us set up a booth to collect funds, but we must keep in mind it’s not the Gurdwara as a whole, it’s the politics behind it that tends to turn a blind eye on important issues like this one. However, the San Jose Gurdwara let us set up a booth, there was some hesitation at first, but I think they saw the number of people approaching us and understood this was a worthy cause. On Rana’s page we have facts about youth suicide and signs of depression in Punjabi and English, We’re hoping we can get it translated in Hindi and other South Asian languages so we can reach a broad spectrum of the community. If you or someone you know could help us with the translation please get in touch.

While none of us at UDR knew Rana personally,  we feel this is a positive way to honor his memory and to spread awareness, our site is geared towards the younger generation, they are going to be tomorrow’s leaders and it’s never too soon to plant the seeds of awareness in their minds.

We thank you once again for your contributions. Peace and love to all.


Peta Cooper and Mandeep Banga
Founders of Urban Desi Radio

In Memory of Jagmeet: Urban Desi Radio has reached our 1k goal!



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A little over a month ago, Urban Desi Radio decided to participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention overnight walk in NYC, we asked Jagmeet’s family if we could do it in memory of him, they gave us their blessings – little did we know it would only take us a month to reach our goal. With the help of Dr. Harkesh Sandhu, founder of Sahaita, we were able to do a fundraiser at the San Jose Gurdwara. Slightly over an hour, we raised over 158 dollars, UDR was joined by Dr. Sonie Sandhu, a chiropractor who has a clinic in San Jose. Dr. Sonie also has a radio show she does every Wednesday on Radio CK (formally Geet Radio). She’s been a wonderful supporter  to Urban Desi Radio.  The patrons at the San Jose Gurdwara generously donated whatever they could and wanted to know more about suicide prevention. We had flyers given out in English and Punjabi, hopefully this will create a healthy platform for dialogue and coming together as a community.

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Booth at the San Jose Gurdwara 01/30/11

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In Memory of Jagmeet: Fundraiser at the San Jose Gurdwara




AFSP Overnight fundraiser In Memory of Jagmeet (Rana) Sidhu

January 30th (Sunday), 12pm

San Jose Gurdwara, 3636 Murillo Avenue
San Jose, CA 95148

Come and meet us at the San Jose Gurdwara, this Sunday, we will be collecting donations, which will be going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in memory of Rana. Learn more about AFSP and the programs  they offer to help those who have lost family and friends to suicide and those who have been suicidal/dealing with depression. There will be information in Punjabi and English for you to take home and look over. Special thanks goes out to Dr. Harkesh Sandhu, Sahaita Organization, Dr. Sonie Sandhu and the San Jose Gurdwara for their compassion and understanding to this important cause. And many thanks to those who have promoted the fundraiser all over their social networks and have donated.

In Memory of Jagmeet: Special Promotion Feb. Promotion for Business Owners




At Urban Desi Radio, we understand you want your business to thrive and every one is on a tight budget, with the economic downturn. So we are offering a special ONE MONTH promotion to business owners. You pick ONE DAY where you will commit 20% of your end of the day tab to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Overnight walk (18 miles in NYC), In Memory of Jagmeet (Rana) Sidhu. We will play your ad on BOTH our shows (The Junction) and (SimplyBhangra Top 10 charts). The shows are produced weekly and stream 24/7.

The Break Down (Example)

SimplyBhangra Top 10= 1 hour show

Your Ad = Play twice in that hour

SimplyBhangra Top 10 = on 24 hours, 7 days a week

One day = 48 times your ad will be heard

One week = 336 times your ad heard

Now having your ad on both our shows, just double the amount your ad will be heard 672 times a week. Our goal is to raise 1,000 dollars in memory of Rana by June. If you already have an ad made, send it over! If not, we will waive the production fee at no cost to you. Here’s an EXTRA bonus, after the walk is done, we plan to keep your logo on a special THANK TO OUR SPONSORS page, on Rana’s page. We plan to make Rana’s page as a platform for South Asians and Suicide, there’s been little studies connecting the two and over the next couple of months we will be interviewing Urban Desi and other South Asian media personalities affected by suicide. We hope you join us in this effort and down the line we look forward in building a business relationship with you, if and when you need our services. Thank you for taking the time to consider this offer.  Any questions feel free to email us, UrbanDesiRadio[@]gmail.com

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Urban Desi artist Sullee J Speaks about Suicide



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It’s never an easy topic to discuss, whether its our own battles with depression or watching someone else we love go through it and eventually take their own life. This past week, we’ve been thinking of ways to bring awareness about suicide to the Desi community, we are lucky enough to have artists come forward to speak candidly about this topic. Sullee J has gone through his own depression and lost his best friend to suicide. He took his own depression and wrote a poem to share with everyone.


By Sullee J

The pain is sweat
The sweat is tears
The tears are stress
The stress is fear

The fear is neglect
The neglect is a mask
The mask is a wreck
The wreck is the past

The past is a secret
The secret is hidden
The hidden is what im feeling
What im feeling is killing

The killing is bleeding
The bleeding is over flow
The over flow is depression
and its leading me over dose

Petz: Who have you lost to suicide?

Sullee J: One of my best friends, actually hung himself about 2 years ago.

Petz: Where were you when you heard about his death and what was your first reaction?

Sullee J: I was back home in Maryland, they were in New York. I panicked definitely, It’s really hard for me to make friends now days, because not everyone stays real, so when you come across a real friend, and they seem to have left life, it’s hard to understand why you go back to being alone when you want to live the right way. I was hurt, I felt like I lost a part of me, because when you get close to somebody, and you go through things with them, and they just disappear, it’s indescribable. You know it’s not a flu, or a surgery or something where they are gone for a little bit, or going through a phase and will come back, this is death. There is no return, and a part of me will always have the memories shared, and the bond made because it was real.

Petz: What have you done so far to help yourself cope with his death?

Sullee J: Music was a way to cope for me, because I could write my feelings, through poetry, and have it heard by the world, who can relate to the same thing I was going through. The more people you see who’ve gone through the same pain, it’s almost like a circle of people who help each other get through knowing we’re not the only ones who’ve experienced the same situation. Of course, prayer helps, and talking to other friends that were apart of the same group always helps, because everyone who’s close will feel the same pain having lost someone that meant a lot to them. In the end, the best thing you can do really is to accept the reality of death, it’s the hardest thing to do when you know there not coming back, but it’s something you must do in order to live on.

Petz: What’s your fondest memory of him?

Sullee J: There has been many, but right before he died, I still remember the letter he wrote to everybody, which crushed a lot of people in his life. Im not saying it’s the best memory, but every other memory besides this was good, but this is the one that made me just question and wonder how somebody can go through so much pain mentally, and at the same time have so many people in there lives who care enough to help them cope want to kill themselves. It’s still a question to me, because some of us go through way more then the other person, but it’s all up to us how we handle it.

Petz: For those who have thought about killing themselves, what would you say to them?

Sullee J: There is more to life than killing yourself. When you kill yourself, you make others who care for you zombies. I believe suicide is a way of being selfish, because we all have someone who needs us more then we need us at times, and speaking from experience, I know that’s a fact. God will not leave you alone in this world, if anybody you will leave yourself alone by not accepting the fact that there is always someone who will feel your pain and help you through it. Life is beautiful, and we must accept the bumps it gives us. I believe it’s these very same near death experiences which have brought me close enough to God to make these stressful situations seem more so like a phase rather than, this is it. I always tell myself and others, if we drown in yesterday’s ocean, we’ll never find out where today’s wave might help us jump over.  R.I.P. To all the victims of suicide and I send out my prayers and blessings and love to all the families and friends lives it has impacted.

Photos of Jagmeet (Rana) Sidhu



Special thanks Jagmeet’s brother Jasmeet Sidhu and Jagmeet’s cousin Harpreet Sidhu for taking the time to upload these photos to us. We are committed to create a platform of suicide prevention here at Urban Desi Radio, in memory of Jagmeet. Please visit his page and help us reach our pledge goal to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Roopa creates Suicide Awareness Comic Strip




Roopa Modha, from Erratic Beat Comics, did this comic on suicide prevention. She’s been very supportive promoting our page In Memory of Jagmeet. Please support her and take a look at her archives. Thanks Roopa for spreading the message of suicide prevention!

Sri Lanka: Suicide Rates drop, but more are people using poison



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COLOMBO, 12 March 2009 (IRIN) – After decades of having one of the highest suicide rates in the world, Sri Lanka now has a declining trend, but health professionals are concerned about the growing numbers who end their lives with poison.

Police records show a plunge in the number of suicides over the past few years, from a peak of 8,449 in 1995 to 4,504 in 2006 and 4,225 in 2007. However, police figures also reveal that of the deaths recorded as suicides in 2006, more than half were due to poison, with some 2,268 men and 519 women consuming toxic substances.

State hospitals have seen a 300 percent increase in the number of patients being admitted with symptoms of poisoning in the last 20 years, but health professionals believe the figure could be much higher.

The seeds of the yellow oleander tree, the yam of the gloriosa superba plant, agricultural chemicals and over-the-counter drugs were some of the poisons ingested by the 93,773 people treated in government hospitals in 2006, according to the National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC).

“But the figure is definitely much higher,” said Ravindra Fernando, senior professor of forensic medicine and toxicology at the University of Colombo and founder of the NPIC. “We don’t have information about hospital admissions in the north and east and it’s likely that we are missing about one-third of cases.”

Social, economic and other statistics from the conflict zones in the north and east are hard to come by. A 2008 WHO report, Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Asia states: “Civil war resulting in large numbers of refugees is believed to contribute to the suicide rate (Berger, 1988), but has also made it impossible to collect suicide data from the north-eastern region of Sri Lanka, which is known to have the highest suicide rate in the country.”

Admissions to private hospitals are also not included in the official tally, said Fernando, who calls poisoning “a modern epidemic in Sri Lanka”.

Medical experts are disturbed at the steadily increasing number of people, most between 19 and 30, going to hospital to be treated for intentional or inadvertent poisoning. Countless cases also go unreported, according to health experts.

“There is cause for concern at the number of poisoning cases increasing because these are socio-economic issues,” said Fernando. “Mostly young people are being affected and that results in a loss of productivity, a loss of young lives and the enormous costs of managing a man-made disaster.”

The WHO report ranks Sri Lanka among the four Asian countries with estimated suicide rates at over 20 self-inflicted deaths per 100,000 people.

The island nation in 2007 had a rate of about 21 suicides per 100,000 people, said Sudath Samaraweera, a medical doctor with the Institute for Research and Development, a local non-profit forum of professionals and academics.

“Although the rate has dropped since 1995, when it was a peak figure of 46.6 suicides per 100,000 people, the figure still remains high,” said Samaraweera, pointing out that anything over 15 suicides per 100,000 is considered excessive.

Sri Lanka’s recent decreasing suicide trend is the result of national strategies instigated in the mid-1990s, Samaraweera said. Chief among them was the de-criminalising of suicide. Until then, “attempted suicide” was an offence under the penal code and people who tried and failed to end their lives were arrested and hauled up before court, usually after being taken to hospital for emergency treatment. Changing the law eliminated the stigma attached to the psychological condition.

The NPIC also lobbied to have the import of highly toxic pesticides banned by the government and to restrict access to poisonous chemicals. More medical officers with mental health training have also been assigned to provincial hospitals to provide psychiatric support.

source: irinnews.org

Suicide and South Asians



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There are little to no studies regarding South Asians and suicide. But thanks to SAPHA.org and Psychiatryjournal.co.uk


In 1997, suicide was the leading cause of deaths among Indians in the US ages 15 to 24.

From Psychiatry Journal….

By Faria Khan and Waquas Waheed

Since earliest recorded times people have attempted and completed suicide. The reasons and methods of suicide show variations across culture. UK censuses carried out in 2001 revealed that the proportion of the UK population belonging to a non-white minority ethnic group increased, from 3 million to 4.6 million (or 7.9% of the total UK population). This population is diverse in terms of age, education and occupation. Based on available research over the years, an increase in number of suicides, particularly among Asians, has been reported. Social and cultural factors, mainly social integration and religion, play an important part in determining varying rates of suicide. Cross-sectional surveys suggest that factors to do with people’s attempts to commit suicide relate both to their home culture and the culture of the host country – ‘acculturation stress’. This may increase the likelihood of attempted suicide. Committing suicide by burning, poisoning and using pesticides are common in female migrants. Despite a comparatively high prevalence of depression, self-harm and suicide, there is a lack of treatment evidence for these ethnic minority groups, which results in a delay in help-seeking and in accessibility and awareness of pathways of care. Issues that are related to the person’s sociocultural background should be examined in particular while assessing for suicide risk. Additionally, there is a need to look at risk and protective factors in these ethnic groups, which can guide us in developing culturally sensitive interventions.

From World Health Org…

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From IRIN News

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COLOMBO, 12 March 2009 (IRIN) – After decades of having one of the highest suicide rates in the world, Sri Lanka now has a declining trend, but health professionals are concerned about the growing numbers who end their lives with poison. Read More….