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Hundreds of people turned out in Leeds to pay respects to Deepy Singh

Hundreds of people turned out on the Streets of Leeds this weekend in honour and memory of Deepy Singh, a 22-year-old Sikh man who took his own life last week.

Hundreds of people turned out on the streets of Leeds this weekend in memory of Amandeep ‘Deepy’ Singh, a 22-year-old Sikh man from West Yorkshire.

Deepy was reported missing on Thursday, 16 December, by his family, with an appeal from his friend on Twitter being shared over 3,300 times.

Deepy Singh. Image: Instagram,

Police confirmed on Friday morning that a man from Castleford had died after falling from Woodhouse Lane car park in Leeds city centre.

Deepy was born in Bradford had moved to Castleford two years before his death.

He was a “petrolhead” with a passion for cars and was known for his distinctive grey Audi RS3 that he proudly displayed on social media. Deepy was also part of a car club that met up regularly.

On Saturday and Sunday, car cruises took to Leeds in memory of Deepy. Hundreds of people from across Yorkshire turned up with flowers and balloons.

Fireworks and flares were let off and his fellow car lovers paid their respects in their own way by revving their engines, hooting their horns, and skidding around the car park in honour of Deepy.

Co-chair of Sikh Alliance Yorkshire and a volunteer at the Sikhs in Leeds group, Rashpal Singh Sagoo said: “The community in Leeds and Bradford are in shock and are very upset about the news of Deepy, and it is shared across the country. He has touched the lives of people who didn’t know him, like me.

 

Fireworks and smoke bombs were set off in Deepy’s memory.

“How could somebody so young, who seemed to have so many good things going for him and was such a support for others, could have so much hurt and feel so down and depressed inside?”

Mr Sagoo added: “Many of us in Leeds are still mourning the death of Taran Degun who was found dead two months ago in very similar circumstances. It is not double the shock; it is ten times the shock.

“I would say this not to just young Sikh men, but Sikh women as well, and beyond that to anyone from any community, whether they are Muslim, Hindu, English, or Black, you’ve got to talk.

“There needs to be a safe space where people can talk in confidence. Not just youngsters but even the elderly who feel like that they can’t voice their problems or concerns.

“The Sikh community needs something specifically for Sikhs so that people feel that whoever is listening can understand their problems.

People in the car community came out in droves over the weekend to honour Deepy.

“What we must do is turn the sad energy into action and to put a framework or mechanism in place for people to reach out, as this is two too many. We need to make sure that this doesn’t happen again because ultimately, it is on all of us.

“We haven’t done enough and everyone needs to up their game.”

One service Sikh men in West Yorkshire can reach out to is Breaking the Silence that is a dedicated mental health charity for South Asian men that deals with issues surrounding anxiety, depression, isolation, relationship problems, and more.

Imran Manzoor, a psychotherapist and founder of Breaking the Silence, said: “South Asian men often do not speak out, not least because we don’t want to look weak in front of white society, but you needn’t suffer alone or in silence. We’re a service for Asian men by Asian men that aims to break the silence.”

A Go Fund Me page has been set up with all proceeds going towards a mental health foundation in Deepy’s name. To donate, visit here.

If you are struggling and need help, you can contact the following charities:

Breaking the Silence – A Bradford based mental health charity for South Asian men. Phone 01274 497535 or email info@breaking-the-silence.org.uk.

Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email jo@samaritans.org, in confidence.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. Phone 0800 58 58 58.

Platform 1 men’s community group: Support for issues including mental health problems and addiction recovery. Visit the website or call 01484 421143.

PAPYRUS: A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141.

Mind: A charity offering support and advice for people with mental health problems. Visit their website here.

Bullying UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Visit here.

 

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