30 Under 30 finalist is tackling mental health head on in the Punjabi community

Shuranjeet Singh Takhar is determined to shift the way issues surrounding mental health are approached

BirminghamLive's 30 Under 30 campaign showcases some of the most inspiring under 30s living, working and making a difference in the city.

Our readers were asked to nominate others or themselves and the final 30 were chosen by a panel of judges including representatives from The Prince's Trust and Citizens UK.

Shuranjeet Singh Takhar, 23

Shuranjeet is the founder of TarakĪ, a campaign aimed at removing the stigma surrounding mental health in the Punjabi community.

He experienced mental ill health while doing his undergraduate degree in Bristol which was partly shaped by his transition from Handsworth to the university setting.

At this time, he did not approach his community about his issues because of a fear of being stigmatised and unfairly labelled but, with support from his housemates, Shuranjeet overcame his difficulties...

...What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Starting Taraki, a movement which wants to change how Punjabi communities approach mental health.

In all honesty, this isn't my achievement but it has been something reflected back by positive comments and involvement from Punjabi communities all over the country.

Being able to see communities take hold of their collective mental well-being, take ownership of supporting one another and composing novel ways of approaching well-being has been absolutely incredible and I am so humbled to have played some part in this community-orientated development.

He realised those in Punjabi communities didn't have access to such support structures so decided to start TarakĪ, a movement which looks to re-shape how these communities approach mental health.

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