What is TarakĪ ?
TarakĪ was founded in October 2017 by Shuranjeet Singh after his personal experience with mental ill-health as a student.
TarakĪ is a Punjabi word signifying the state of being progressive and looking to a better future. TarakĪ works alongside Punjabi communities to reshape approaches to mental health, individually & collectively
Our work is encapsulated in the below mission statements:
(1) To empower all in Punjabi communities with awareness and education around mental health and mental illnesses.
(2) To co-develop more effective support structures to meet the needs of all Punjabi communities and their maintaining a positive mental well-being.
Why was TarakĪ started ?
We all know someone who has experienced 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 from within communities and healthcare services more widely.
Feelings of shame, fear & guilt can lead to individuals suffering in silence.
It is this culture that TarakĪ hopes to reshape.
TarakĪ wants to bring forward discussion about mental health to break down negative stereotypes, to empower Punjabi communities with education and equip them with confidence to help and support one another with a renewed sense of compassion, empathy, and humanity.