Sukh Dubb is an Oral & Maxillofacial surgery trainee currently based at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals. Here, he explains why he is launching a website called ‘The Waiting Room’, a national mental health campaign involving high-profile guest interviews.
Having come from an under-privileged background, experiencing severe poverty growing up in Birmingham, surgery trainee Sukh Dubb has decided to take those experiences and turned them into a positive. On June 1, the surgery trainee currently based at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, launches a website called The Waiting Room, a national campaign to encourage people who have faced trauma in their lives – or any number of issues which have affected their general and mental health – to speak up and share their experiences.
The website will feature high-profile campaigners, celebrities and the general public, all sharing their stories through intimate, filmed interviews. Sukh’s primary aim is to demonstrate the power of sharing your story and the positive impact on your life this can have, your future as well as those who hear it. In particular, he hopes the stories around mental health will help others feel less alone.
The campaign also serves to celebrate the NHS, which has featured in everyone taking part in Sukh’s interviews. Guests will include: Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Broadcaster (domestic abuse, breast cancer and mental health); Sanjeev Bhaskar, Actor (mental health); Monica Ali, Author of Brick Lane (mental health); campaigner Malala’s father (activism and Malala’s story); Nick Ede; TV Presenter (imposter syndrome and eating disorder); and Rankin, Photographer (mental health and drug abuse).
Sukh says: ‘Everyone has a story and I want to encourage everyone who is facing mental health problems, has suffered a trauma, been the victim of abuse – whatever their issue – to share their story knowing it will help them as well as inspire others.
‘All the people who tell their stories in The Waiting Room have all benefited from the NHS. They all wanted to share their stories and to recognise the work of the NHS in their recovery or their road to their recovery.’
Known as Dr Sukh, Sukh is an Oral & Maxillofacial surgery registrar, currently working at NNUH. As a registrar he spends time training at different hospitals before finally qualifying as a Consultant. He joined NNUH from Addenbrookes and remains there until mid-July, when he goes to his next role in Luton.
Sukh is a dual qualified trainee having studied Medicine at Imperial College, London, and Dentistry at Kings College, London. He spent his years as a junior doctor, also in London training in Broomfield hospital and Newham General Hospital. He spent a further two years training in Scotland before starting his Registrar training in Oral & Maxillofacial surgery in the East of England deanery. He has spoken about his work in the White House, United Nations and the House of Commons.
On June 1 Sukh will officially launch his website with the screening of the interview he did with BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire who talks about domestic abuse growing up, her diagnosis of breast cancer and her struggle with mental health.
Visit The Waiting Room to watch some of trailers and clips from Sukh’s interviews. The website officially launches on June 1.