Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa
Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa
ਕਲਵਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਦਿਨਸਾ
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Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa (Punjabi: ਕਲਵਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਦਿਨਸਾ) (born in Derby) is a British science teacher, author, mental health activist and media commentator.
Career and work
Dhindsa has been raising awareness of mental health challenges faced by Asian communities after his father Mohinder Singh Dhindsa died by suicide in 2006 aged 51.  He credits the death of comic Robbie Williams in 2014 for finally starting to understand why his father took his own life. 
In 2009, Dhindsa, a Derby County FC supporter, was behind a campaign to build bronze statues of football managers Brian Clough and Peter Taylor to honour their achievements.  And in 2015 he led a campaign for a Derby racing pigeon to be immortalised as a Royal Crown Derby paperweight. 
In 2012, he designed the first Sikh poppy khanda holder in honour of the 80000 Sikhs that gave their lives in the world wars and raised thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion. 
In 2016, Dhindsa published his first book titled ‘My Father and The Lost Legend of Pear Tree’ which is a story about his father’s suicide.  He has since published two poetry books called the ‘Pear Tree Rambler’ and ‘Pear Tree Rampage’ and in 2019 included a poem to honour a 100 year old killed in Derby after surviving Nazis. 
Awards and recognition
In 2017, he was invited to 10 Downing Street to raise awareness around mental health issues. 
In the media
- Mandhai, Shafik. "British Asians challenge the stigma of mental illness". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
- "Derby teacher says death of Robin Williams helped him understand why his dad took his own life | Derby Telegraph". web.archive.org. 2015-07-25. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
- "Fans may honour Clough and Taylor". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
- "Campaign for racing pigeon to be immortalised as Royal Crown Derby paperweight | Derby Telegraph". web.archive.org. 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
- "Khanda Poppy Project for Remembrance Sunday". SikhNet. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
- ABPL. "Derby County steward's heartfelt book about father's suicide..." www.asian-voice.com. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
- "Writer's poem about 100-year-old killed in Derby after surviving Nazis". derbytelegraph. 2019-02-28. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
- Patel, Asha (2019-09-24). "Author opens up about dealing with dad's suicide". leicestermercury. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
- "Students given timely assembly on 'The Stigma of Suicide'". Ealing Independent College. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
- "Radio Derby - Depression Part 1". Audioboom. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
- Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa on twitter
- Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa - Writing East Midlands
- [https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15140893.Kalwinder_Singh_Dhindsa Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa (Author of My Father & The Lost Legend of Pear Tree )
- About Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa - Amazon.com
- Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa on facebook
- ‘MY FATHER & THE LOST LEGEND OF PEAR TREE’ – KALWINDER SINGH DHINDSA
- Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa on linkedin
- Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa youtube channel
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