Friends & Partners we'd recommend
There's a growing network of organisations and initiatives that are doing amazing for South Asian communities when it comes to mental health.
In our continuous effort to be a true ally, we're highlighting each one of these trailblazers for their work on this page.
We'd highly recommend checking out their work.
If you're a new organisation/initiative and would like to be featured on this page please just drop us an email.
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
Their 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.
South Asian Sisters Speak (SASS) creates safe spaces for South Asian women in the UK to share their experiences openly. They have run sell-out panel events on topics such as identity, lost South Asian histories and mental health.
In addition, they run the Brown Girls Book Club, which uses literature by South Asian women to discuss issues that face our community.
In January 2020 they ran the panel event 'Smashing The Stigma' to explore the impact of mental health on South Asian women, and they hope to unpack this topic further through their upcoming events and social media.
Cysters is a grassroots charity, dedicated to supporting individuals & improving the health, education & welfare of those with reproductive & mental health issues. They aim to educate the public about reproductive health & education so that people can make informed choices around their treatment options & challenge the cultural misogyny behind reproductive health.
'We champion community, culture + creativity. YSM8 is a space for everyone. We host workshops, events and supper clubs that connect and uplift people IRL and online.'
“Yes mate!” is Poonam’s mantra, a tongue-in-cheek motto that embodies her attitude to life – vibrant energy aligned with a wholesome, open heart.
YSM8 was born out of founder Poonam Dhuffer’s pure love and respect of her culture, drawing on her Sikh Kenyan Punjabi roots and celebrating her South East London upbringing. It began with Punjabi supper clubs and has evolved into a variety of creative and welcoming events.
YSM8 explores food stories, identity, representation, spirituality and creativity from a British South Asian lens.