Since Karakan’s inception we have committed to providing an enriching and empowering experience for all people that access the service. Our original focus on responding to particular difficulties and challenges in the lives of people who experience mental illness has evolved over the years towards a broader promotion of activities and supports that are likely to enhance a person’s mental health and wellbeing in the long term.

Whilst we continue to evolve and grow as an organisation in response to individual needs and contemporary thinking about mental health and wellbeing, our mission and core values have remained constant and have been the fundamental driver of our work.

Karakan’s motto is ‘Respect, Partnership and Hope’.

This encapsulates how we endeavour to live out our values in our everyday interactions. Our services are based on a recovery paradigm, person­centred principles, appreciative inquiry methodology, community engagement and human rights. you can find further information about this in resources

We are invested in ensuring ‘we do as we say’.

The Mission Statement

To work in partnership with people who identify as having mental illness, their families and the community to enable the individual to achieve greater autonomy in their lives.

Karakan recently developed a set of governing principles that encompasses our integrity and commitment to enhancing wellbeing and making a positive contribution to the lives of people who experience mental illness and/or disability, their families and carers, the community and the mental health sector.

The development of these governing principles has been informed by dialogue with a range of stakeholders and is currently in the engagement phase.

These Governing Principles can be viewed by following the link below.

Governing Principles