I exist, therefore I am.

Our Vision

An inclusive and humane world that promotes capabilities, equity and justice.

For seven years, my husband drank a lot and his mental health was badly affected but I dealt with it on my own. I couldn’t tell anyone outside because I felt it would reduce my respect. I brought him to The Banyan four years ago and he has not drunk a single sip since then.

I thought about all the people out there, who like me can’t tell anyone about their situation. I thought that I could share my example and help in some way.

a NALAM Mobilizer

CORE VALUES & BELIEFS

Enabling access to health and mental health care for persons living in poverty and homelessness through comprehensive and creative clinical and social care approaches embedded in a well-being paradigm. The needs of those who live in the margins are our collective responsibility.

Since 1993,  The Banyan has developed a variety of holistic mental health solutions that address multifaceted components of distress. This includes, emergency and acute medical, psychiatric and psychological care offered through our street based care and through our hospital settings, shelter based services, community based outpatient care and inclusive long term care options for persons with high support needs.  

 

 Person Centered & Recovery Oriented   Dignity, Agency & Participation   Social Justice & Inclusion 

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Our Impact

HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS RESCUED

3,000

RETURNED HOME

70%

IN AFTERCARE

233

OUTREACH

1M

NALAM MOBILISERS TRAINED

200

PANCHAYATS

50

CHILDREN IN YOUTH CLUBS

400

LAY WORKERS IN OUR WORKFORCE

500

CLIENTS ENGAGED IN WORK

60%

SUPPORT GROUPS

35

Have you noticed a homeless person in the Greater Chennai Area whom you suspect is suffering from mental illness?

Call our 24x7 Hotline

13 hours ago

The Banyan

To mark our 25th year, we are making significant changes to the physical spaces at our programmes.

To facilitate this we plan to source new furniture to replace the older and more worn out furniture that we currently have. This will include new beds, cupboards, desks, sofas, chairs etc.

You can be involved in multiple ways!

1) You can make a donation to buy new furniture
2) You can donate gently used furniture that is in good condition
3) You can help us buy items that we have identified on our Urban Ladder/ Pepperfry wishlist
4) You can be involved as a designed and can volunteer your time to work with us on site.

If you are interested in getting involved or providing support please contact Akshita: akshita@thebanyan.org
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2 days ago

The Banyan

In light of #SchizophreniaAwarenessDay, here are some myths about the disorder that you may have heard along with the real facts! ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago

The Banyan

Attention!! Looking for a new laptop bag? Have a birthday coming up? Want to treat yourself to a gift?

You can now purchase the high quality products made at The Banyan, by our clients online at Talent Treasury (www.talenttreasury.com/).

Talent Treasury is a young not-for-profit partner organisation of The Banyan that works with individuals from highly marginalized circumstances striving towards economic and social rehabilitation.

Products include but are not limited to:
- Jute bags
- Sling bags
- Laptop cases
- Baskets
- Pencil cases
- Bangles
- Dining Table Sets
- Cushion Covers

Attractive discounts will be offered for bulk/corporate orders. Contact Aditya @ aditya@talenttreasury.com if you would like to place a bulk order.

— Products shown: Pencil Case, Large Shopping Basket, Throw Pillow Set and Conference Bag.
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Schizophrenia DOES NOT mean multiple personalities. #BustingMyths #SchizophreniaAwarenessDay

The Banyan assists in reuniting a woman from KGF with her family after nine years! https://t.co/gfE93iorIq

50% of the individuals we rescue are anaemic. 25% have hyperthyroidism and 10% are diabetic. #WomensHealthWeek

Support homeless persons living with mental illness, buy a limited edition calendar!
E-mail aditya@talenttreasury.com to palce your order TODAY!

To build a society where everyone gets the required help, we all will have to come together to raise the #Awareness about #MentalHealth concerns and reduce the #Stigma associated with it.

Read the article to know how India perceives mental health: https://t.co/ia89IGvXMO

#Depression is more than just feeling sad? Help us fight the stigma by sharing this post and make everyone aware of what it's like #livingwithdepression.

Is making cosmetic breast alteration surgery free for all women a stride forward? Or a step in the wrong direction? https://t.co/0XEZQGBsxG

New @hrw video on access to justice for women and girls with disabilities highlights the inspiring work of Latika Roy Foundation in advancing accessibility and accommodation at the grassroots and the police. Great to have you here @JoChopra https://t.co/1dqLE7JCzd

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