TarakĪ was founded in November 2017 by Shuranjeet Singh Takhar after his personal experience with mental ill-health as a student. From its outset, TarakĪ wants to ensure that individuals and communities have access to the necessary support systems to help them manage their mental well-being in a more effective manner.
What is TarakĪ ?
TarakĪ is a Punjabi word signifying the state of being forward-facing, progressive, and looking to a better future. TarakĪ wants to reshape how Punjabi communities approach mental health and mental illness at an individual and collective level.
Taraki’s work is encapsulated in the below mission statements:
(1) To better communicate awareness and education around mental health and mental illnesses in Punjabi communities.
(2) To co-develop more effective support structures to meet the needs of Punjabi communities and their maintaining a positive mental well-being.
Why was TarakĪ started ?
We all know someone who has gone through difficulties related to mental health, whether that be ourselves, a family member, or a friend.
TarakĪ was started because those experiencing mental illnesses within Punjabi communities can experience negative stigmatisation due to a lack of understanding, education, and support. Feelings of shame, fear, and guilt are widely apparent, leading to individuals suffering in silence and potentially feeling rejected from their communities.
It is this culture that TarakĪ hopes to change and shape.
TarakĪ wants to bring forward discussion about mental health to break down negative stereotypes, to better educate Punjabi communities and equip them with confidence to help and support one another with a renewed sense of compassion, empathy, and humanity.