Over the years I have written on a number of topics ranging from mental health inequalities, the politics of mental health research, and the relationship between our mental health and our society, environment, and economies. You can read a selection of my writing below — if you would like to enquire as to commission my writing, feel free to reach out.
This recent article was published by NSUN as a part of their mental health and abolition series; in this piece, I attempt to track and interconnect the histories and contemporary meanings around psychiatric systems, mental health, policing, and prisons. In doing so, I hope to offer a reflective space for pondering the relationship and subsequent suitedness of these institutions to meet our ever-increasing social needs.
Policing, Morality, and Mental Health
The use of prisons to quite literally police, punish, and survey those with mental health challenges reveals the deeply interconnected histories between judicial and medical institutions - although they may seem separate, both can easily converge to meet the needs of the state and the society it looks to create
Reflections on Punjabi communities, COVID-19 and mental health — COVID-19 and Co-production in Health and Social Care Research, Policy, and Practice
Having worked to undertake research into Punjabi communities and mental health, the distinctive and unique approach to this research was communicated through a chapter in a book published about co-production in health and social care research. Published by Policy Press, this book is available for free here.
Policy Press | COVID-19 and Co-production in Health and Social Care Research, Policy, and Practice - Volume 2: Co-production Methods and Working Together at a Distance : Edited by Oli Williams, Doreen Tembo, Josephine Ocloo, Meerat Kaur, Gary Hickey, Michelle Farr and Peter Beresford
COVID-19 and Co-production in Health and Social Care Research, Policy, and Practice - Volume 2: Co-production Methods and Working Together at a Distance; The second in a two-volume set, this book explores the need to put co-production and participatory approaches at the heart of responses to the pandemic and demonstrates how to do this.
I was recognised as one of the Top 20 Mental Health Leaders by Positive News UK during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 — I was included with a number of national activists and advocates.
Mental Health Awareness Week: 20 people supporting the UK's wellbeing
Discover their projects below 2. Improving psychology for all: Keisha York Ethnic 'minoritised' groups are underrepresented in psychiatry and psychology, and this is a missed opportunity for the profession and for patients alike, believe those at The Black and Minority Ethnics in Psychiatry and Psychology (BiPP) Network.
This opinion piece considers the key learnings taken from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Punjabi communities both in Canada and the United Kingdom. Recommendations include a greater emphasis on intersectional analyses, more precise race-based data, and a consideration of mental health as beyond biology.
Shuranjeet Singh: Mental Health In Punjabi Communities Beyond The COVID-19 Pandemic
Shuranjeet Singh January 28, 2021 | 3 min. read Rather than being the 'great leveler' the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and exacerbated latent social inequalities which have resulted in increased risk and differential health outcomes within and between social groups. Some of these relate to hospital mortality, neighbourhood infection rates, and mental well-being amongst other metrics.
This reflective piece considers the obstacles and opportunities presented during the first phase of the Global Mental Health Databank project, a feasibility study conducted with teams in South Africa, India, the United Kingdom and the United States within which I am a lived experience consultant.
Shuranjeet Singh on LinkedIn: Reflecting on the Global Mental Health Databank Project, Lived Experiences
As a part of my work with the Wellcome Trust, I am supporting the delivery of a Global Mental Health Databank, an exploratory project asking whether it...
This reflective piece considers the obstacles and opportunities presented by the term 'lived experiences' within the context of mental health. Importantly, it is outlined that we must not assume this term is homogenous in its understanding and application across global contexts despite its rising popularity.
Let's talk about lived experiences of mental health challenges | News | Wellcome
Over the last decade the term 'lived experience' has become more popular, used in many spaces, from academia and research, to the planning and delivery of health and social care. In mental health, it is not an entirely new concept.
This opinion piece considers the impact of the farm and farm worker protests happening across India in relation to the mental health of Punjabi communities, many of whom have a tie to agricultural industries. At a time of increased social media usage it is important to reflect on its impact on our well-being.
Shuranjeet Singh: Doomscrolling, Trauma, And Your Mental Health
Shuranjeet Singh February 6, 2021 | 3 min. read While public figures such as Rihanna, Greta Thunberg, and Mia Khalifa share their support for those protesting in Delhi we may feel a sense of hope and relief. However, when we see recent images, videos, and reports emerging from the protest sites we may feel hopeless and fearful.
This reflective piece considers the process of working to develop 'Our Voices' an online zine co-edited between myself and Taimour Ahmed, from Expert by Experience. This piece thinks about the importance of slow-paced and conscientious collaboration within a context of increased time and resource pressures.
Learning from 'Our Voices': how collaboration and radical optimism got us here
By Rory, on 22 November 2020 Our guest author Shuranjeet provides some reflections on why he thought a zine like 'Our Voices' was needed, how it helped him understand the complexities around collaboration, and how we can build on these lessons in the future when co-producing.
This reflective piece considers how Sikh medical professionals were being made to choose between their faith and their patience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using a case study of individuals asked to remove their unshorn hair, a key facet of Sikh identities, this article considers complex colonial legacies of sacrifice during crisis.
Sacrificing sovereignty: Sikhs and Covid-19
Discussions around Covid-19, saturated with metaphors of war, pit a seemingly collective humanity against a personified foe. 'The battle,' 'our soldiers,' 'their sacrifices': we are apparently fighting the virus both internally and on frontlines where winding wards have replaced trenches.
This piece considers the place of mental health awareness and its de-politicisation within the context of increased discussion. Importantly, this piece outlines that mental health is fundamentally political and any attempts to refute that is erasing the material and economic conditions which cause and enhance distress.
Has mental health awareness been de-politicised?
Following World Mental Health Day 2018, Shuranjeet Singh reflects on how social structures can affect mental health, and his efforts in addressing mental health openly within the Punjabi community On this year's World Mental Health Day, as I spent my morning at a breakfast event in Handsworth, Birmingham, and my afternoon as a speaker at a university event entitled 'What is Mental Health?', I also found myself following the various discussions arising on social media.
This piece considers the complexities behind the idea of performance within a work setting and how it relates to mental well-being. Published by Raconteur, this article was included in The Times and derived opinion from a range of individuals across corporate spaces to understand this difficult topic.
Mental health vs 'performance': why you need to re-prioritise
The importance of employees' mental health is finally being championed by MPs at Westminster. On January 17, the House of Commons facilitated a debate on first aid for mental health during which a cross-party group of MPs tabled a motion to supplement existing legislation to place mental and physical first aid on equal footing.
This is a reflective piece on the development and deployment of a community engagement workshop which I arranged at Oxford University.
Community Engagement Workshops
Bringing the community of Oxford residents together is a central part of Oxford SU's new strategy. We need to recognise and collaborate with the important campaigning work done by non-university Oxford residents whenever we can.