SHURANJEET TAKHAR, 21
A master’s student at Oxford University and the founder of Tarakī, which addresses mental health issues “I’m using social media differently to try to make positive social change within my community. While growing up, I used social media for leisure activities – procrastination, looking at memes, and online shopping. I soon realised that mindless scrolling and a constant overload of information can really impact your physical and mental health. Social media was a continuous strain and not a point of relaxation.
“To move away from this, I have begun to appreciate how social media can be used to change people’s lives for the better. I recently launched Tarakī, a campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram designed to encourage Punjabi men to discuss and share their mental health experiences. We want to show Punjabi men that anyone can be impacted by mental health troubles – it is OK to discuss issues and, importantly, it is OK to seek help.”