The Tarakī Team

TarakĪ  is maintained by its central team and regional coordinators. This has expanded over time, with regional coordinators emerging organically through sustained interest and commitment to promoting positive mental health in Punjabi communities.

Our team bring with them a wide variety of backgrounds, skill-sets, and expertise:

Santosh Kaur
Social Media Manager

Santosh has been managing Taraki's social media since December 2018. Her skills have been integral to Taraki's work which uses social media to communicate its projects, promote the work of others, and to show continuing outcomes.

Taraki's principles struck a chord with Santosh and she believes in the movement's aims and objectives. Mental health is a topic Santosh is passionate about and working alongside Taraki is a way of giving back as a form of Seva, or 'selfless service'. 

Harkaran Singh
Coordinator - London

Harkaran Singh volunteers as a regional coordinator in Central London, helping to organise the Chai in the City forum for Punjabi men.

Harkaran joined Taraki in order to make a difference and help his community. He is keen to bring people together, raise awareness and to help educate one-another. Harkaran believes that the nuances of Punjabi culture are specific and it makes sense for 'us to have a space to discuss openly and without judgement.'

Simranjit Kaur
Coordinator - London

Simranjit volunteers as a coordinator for the Punjabi Female Forum in London, recognising the need for Punjabi womxn to express themselves openly in a safe and comfortable space. Her journey with mental ill-health and witnessing similar experiences in her family highlighted a stark difference but also importance in understanding mental health across individuals and communities.

With Taraki, Simranjit hopes to encourage a cultural shift in how the Punjabi community approaches mental health and create a more supportive space for all.

Sukhjit Kaur
Coordinator - London

Sukhjit volunteers as a facilitator in Central London, helping to organise the Punjabi female forum. Sukhjit spends her day job in Finance & wanted a way to do some Seva [selfless service] for the community she feels so passionate about.

Sukhjit joined Tarakī because she liked the work that was being done with the 'Chai in the City' for Punjabi men and  recognised immediately the need and space for Punjabi womxn to meet, greet, talk  and listen to one another.

Serena Chana
Coordinator - London

Serena volunteers as a coordinator for the Punjabi Female Forum in London to help create a much-needed space for Punjabi womxn to express themselves openly in a safe and confidential environment. Through her Psychology degree, she learnt about the damaging stigma attached to mental health and the lack of knowledge around it, especially within ethnic minority communities.

With Taraki, Serena hopes to educate Punjabi communities about mental health and normalise conversations about your own mental health. Further, she wants to show others that you’re not alone if you’re struggling and that there are supports and resources available to help.

Kuljit Bhogal
Coordinator - London

Kuljit has a background in mental health care and facilitates for Open Minds, a Punjabi/Sikh LGBTQ+ support group, a joint initiative between Taraki and Sarbat - a Sikh LGBTQ+ charity.

Punjabi/Sikh LGBTQ+ communities are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and ill-health. The stigma of being LGBTQ+ and Punjabi/Sikh can prevent them from accessing support particularly through family networks.

Kuljit hopes that the group will reduce isolation & build resilience against mental ill-health, whilst giving a voice to a group who commonly face stigma in Punjabi/Sikh communities.

Balraj Bains
Creative Well-Being Coordinator
Balraj has been involved with the arts since a young age and believes that it is an essential part of our human experience. To develop a world in which we are able to feel safe and nurtured is important as well as building our own self belief and understanding. 
They want to break stigma and barriers towards tacking mental illness within Punjabi communities so we can progress to healthier ways of thinking. Through experiencing the lack of support and guidance during and after university, they want to bring creativity to Taraki through events encouraging new ways of communicating, processing and moving forward with mental wellness.
Navdeep Bhamra
Coordinator - Birmingham

Dr Navdeep Singh Bhamra has been working with Taraki since October 2018. In this time, he has helped to coordinate Taraki's work in Handsworth, involving the compilation and development of a mental health services directory of the area.

Dr Bhamra is passionate about mental health and medicine, looking to support local communities in maintaining positive well-being. 

Amardeep Singh
Coordinator - Birmingham
Amardeep firmly believes that male mental health is a major unaddressed issue in modern society. He feel strongly that dialogue in a protected, non-judgemental environment is one of the ways we can increase knowledge and awareness as well as reducing the feeling of social isolation.
Conversations in a protected, non-judgemental environment are important tool to help people learn more, share their concerns and feel connected. Facilitating these conversations through Chai in the City forums is a way Amardeep can make a positive impact locally.
Sandev Panaser
Coordinator - Birmingham

Sandev strongly feels that no one should suffer in silence as a result of cultural norms and fears of stigma. He joined Taraki as he felt it was a movement that aligned perfectly with his values and was pleased there was an entity acting as an agent for change in mental health.

Experiencing mental health issues arise amongst family and friends, and with his background in mental health, Sandev felt that he was well-placed to contribute to Taraki, currently through organising and facilitating Chai in the City forums in Birmingham.

Harpriya Kaur
Coordinator - East Midlands

Being from a medical health background and has always wanted to help and empower those who are sick and poorly in our society. Harpriya feels as though mental health is a taboo subject in Punjabi communities and by working alongside Taraki, that she can help the up-and-coming generations to discuss openly and confidently about mental health.

Harpriya is a coordinator on the Taraki university projects, with a focus on East Midlands universities. She helps to organise, facilitate and deliver workshops to students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Shuranjeet Singh Takhar
Founder and Director

Shuranjeet founded Taraki in October 2017 after his experiences with mental ill-health whilst at university. Since then, he has worked with individuals and communities to establish, maintain and sustain projects with a diverse range of Punjabi communities.

Currently, he works with regional coordinators to ensure projects are running smoothly whilst developing collaborative relationships with external organisations at a local, national, and international level. 

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