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

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

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Words of wisdom pinned to our desks #HappyChildrensday

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S one of our service users with a history of homelessness, found a job in housekeeping recently and came yesterday to donate to The Banyan. She says, "I have never earned more than Rs. 7000 in my life. This is the first job that pays me Rs. 12000 per month. I feel responsible and want to contribute to my family. I want to donate to support my peers, women who are in similar distress like I was earlier. I also want to help them find jobs." Image description: Woman in green kurta, apron and hair net at the NALAM cafe accepting money over the counter from a customer. Credit: @everydayaintsame (Instagram) #WorkAndMentalhealth #ServiceUserSolidarity #SocialInclusion ... See MoreSee Less

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Words of wisdom pinned to our desks #HappyChildrensDay

This is simply outrageous! Whoever whets these documents, please! https://t.co/07fTyDGlA1

“Though hopeless and despondent, I din’t want the madness of a manic breakdown. I just wanted to borrow some of its elation.” Nevatia’s memoir is a must read.

S on her donation to The Banyan, “I have never earned more than Rs 7000 in my life. This is the first job that pays me Rs 12000 per month. I want to contribute to my family, support my peers who are in similar distress like I was earlier.”

#WorkAndMentalHealth #UserSolidarity

When @BettyEastland invented an effective eco-friendly bug spray at @FountainHouse47 and it was adopted by everyone, she found her community. “Community is not a place or a thing...roles in relation to others define community.” #HealthierLongerLives #SocialRoles

In her excellent talk at #HealthierLongerLives @glendawrenn reminds us that service user involvement is not “reserving a seat at the table”.

Thrilled #GlobalMentalHealth so well represented at #HealthierLongerLives! @netshrink @BasicNeedsKenya @banyanbalm @PCollins_gmh @NIMHgov

“What is this bloody pure and impure? The food we eat is so pure that it is offered to god. But when it turns into shit, it becomes impure. The same impure shit becomes manure to grow food.”
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"If the rule of law is not structured to address the concerns of those with comparatively less privilege, its adoption would too often merely result in access to law and not in access to justice" ~ writes @nsaikia
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Man living with mental illness killed by army when he tried to enter camp

https://t.co/KbOzbYGtqO

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