AK Kerani sells high quality, handmade knitwear to promote knitting as a therapeutic activity for anxiety and depression.
Our new program involves hosting a 30-minute open mental health discussion on a topic relevant to our audience (mental health in the workplace; mental health for ED patients; mental health in the media etc.) followed by a fun break-out session where we teach our participants to knit with supplies we provide.
MONEY RAISED WILL GO TO THESE SUPPLIES as well as hiring fellow knitting teachers to help me teach my participants to knit in groups.
I want to see how views on stigma and mental health differ between groups of people. Do media professionals view mental health from a different perspective than 14-year-old freshmen in New York City public schools? I would think so. But all opinions are valid and worth discovering. Once I compile the information from the 30-minute discussions we have, I will have made strides towards cultivating a new understanding around mental health in addition to teaching some awesome individuals the wholesome skill of knitting.
I started AK Kerani in 2011 in memory of my uncle, Atindra Kumar Mitra. My uncle stood and continues to stand as an inspiration for me because of his ability to live a vibrant life despite his struggles with mental illness.
I produce the unique scarves shown on our website to provide a tangible representation of the advocacy we do for mental health. Whether I am knitting on the subway, carrying out open discussions about mental health on social media, or conducting programs involving both mental health conversations and knit tutorials, I see myself as a strong fighter of stigma.
This collection of boldly patterned scarves marks the five year anniversary of my journey with AK Kerani. Each scarf we sell and each donation we receive from you allows us to purchase more materials to sell our scarves as an emblem for mental health. We use the proceeds from our scarf sales and our fundraisers to purchase the yarn and materials needed to teach a variety of audiences how to knit as an outlet for their mental health.
If you believe in knitting as a creative outlet that benefits mental health, don't hesitate to support our cause. Any amount is welcomed from $1 to thousands more!
Risks and challenges
Stigma is the scariest thing that any mental health advocate could face. I fear that even with our current success, people will undervalue the need for mental health advocacy. We serve the same purpose for mental health that a yoga studio serves for maintaining physical health. I am not a licensed mental health professional, but introducing knitting as a potential helpful outlet provides the opportunity to discuss issues of stigma in a productive way. My goal is to make it an understood fact that everyone, no matter where they may fall on the spectrum, needs to consciously maintain their mental health. My risks and challenges come from the fact that we are far from this point in society.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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