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Growing up in a south Asian household mental health was not discussed as much as it should have been. I experienced bullying, racism, family conflict and did not really know how to turn these emotions and negative experiences into aspects I could learn from. A lot of this trauma was experienced at a young age and it was not until I was older that I began to realize how left out the conversation of mental health dwelled on me. I want young south Asians to realize how important it is to start mental health conversation early so they do not experience the same that I did growing up. Parents and guardians also need to find space to start having mental health conversations with their kids and youth when growing up so these conversations become a normal part of life. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, this is why we share our strength, our SHAKTI. 

  • Shakti wants to break the stigma associated with mental health by sharing perspectives, discussion and support.

  •  Shakti aims to provide a space for South Asians who have gone through traumatic experiences by letting them know you have a community and sense of belonging here, we want to normalise this conversation in our culture.

  • We want to let south Asian's know that you are not alone in your battle. Shakti and our community are in your corner. 

Our mission is to break the stigma associated with mental health in the South Asian/ Australian community. Mental health is a topic that largely goes unnoticed within the South Asian community for several reasons: cultural norms, stigmatization, lack of intergenerational discussion and trauma. We spotlight minority mental health by sharing perspectives, discussion, advocacy and support from the South Asian's within the community. Our aim is to break the stigma associated with mental health by sharing perspectives, discussion and support. There are many reasons South Asian's do not fluidly discuss these challenges, some of this includes generational trauma, a lack of communication, up bringing, societal pressure. Shakti aims to collaborate with the community and build a foundation in which mental health can be safely discussed. 


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Jagesh founded Shakti Mental Health in 2018, having a lived experience of mental health, experiencing depression, complicated family dynamics and finding little support. Jagesh is a passionate community advocate, who has a double masters in international relations and journalism. He founded Shakti so that the next generation of South Asians can experience mental health and wellbeing in a more positive way than he did growing up. 

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