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?

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Vandana Gopikumar & Vaishnavi Jayakumar are featured in a brand new children’s book alongside renowned women such as Indira Gandhi & Sania Mirza. “Like A Girl: Real Stories For Tough Kids” by @Aparna Jain is available for pre-order now.

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'Snehakoodu' becomes a hope for those stuck in mental hospitals in Kerala https://t.co/VqNoqfxogS

For doctors with mental illness, ‘help me’ can be the hardest words
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"Attempting suicide is no longer a crime in India with the health ministry notifying on May 29 the Mental Healthcare Act 2017 that decriminalises it. The notification comes a year after the law was passed in Parliament."

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The Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 is now law. Rules have been framed and notified. Great news!Process which began in Jan 2010 has ended, but the new law now needs to be understood by persons with illness,families,doctors, hospitals,police, NGOs. State govts must act. https://t.co/Ge2AMZae3a

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

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