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.

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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

Buddhist Psychology Workshop

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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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Immerse yourself in the riveting fun that defined Holi celebrations today, at the Emergency Care and Recovery Center in Mogappair!
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6 days ago

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'Dublin's Phoenix Park boasts the official residence of Ireland's president, but for a while it was also home to Eddie Dooner who lived there in a tent with three dogs.

Dooner, 27, plans to return to his old haunt soon, but this time he will be leading a party of tourists under a scheme (My Streets Ireland) which trains the city's homeless as tour guides. Enthusiastic and articulate, Dooner is keen to dispel the stigma of homelessness while showing off his home city.' "I want to change people's views," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation during a walk around the capital - "Just because you're homeless doesn't mean you're a bad person - you still have a good heart." Via World Economic Forum
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3 weeks ago

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UPDATE: We have received the required amount of blood, donors no longer required. Thanks to all those who responded.
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One of our service users, has been admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, because of certain physical complications. We urgently require people to come forward and donate blood - it can be any group. Those who are eligible to donate and can help, are requested to DM at once.

#BloodDonation #Emergency #Chennai #AnyBloodGroup
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3 weeks ago

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Sugunamma draws a kolam in front of her home. This is significant because for 25 years she refused to move out of Adaikalam (the Emergency Care and Recovery Center), our hospital facility for homeless women with mental illness. Earlier this year she agreed to try living in a rented house in the neighbourhood shared with friends as part of Home Again. Wary at first, Sugunamma has grown comfortably easy with the move over time - she enjoys the space better now, amidst her mandatory cups of tea.
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Five years ago, on this day we initiated Home Again with the support of Grand Challenges Canada / Grands Défis Canada as an alternative for women with histories of homelessness and a psychosocial disability who otherwise remain long-term in institutional facilities. 140 people live in 31 homes scattered across rural and urban neighbourhoods in Tamil Nadu and Kerala with the support of The Hans Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation
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3 weeks ago

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Flip through The Banyan Collective's latest product line. The design language is simple and centered around the usage of natural fabric and incorporation of functionality
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For orders and enquires please write in to mrinalini@thebanyan.org
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Immerse yourself in the riveting fun that defined Holi celebrations today, at the Emergency Care and Recovery Center in Mogappair!
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#HoliHai #Colours #Friendships #Laughter

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Dublin's homeless are being retrained as city tour guides https://t.co/AvZmPmTRAD #homeless #employment

Where the Mind is Without Fear -on #Mentalhealth in #India - Listen to the narratives, of @AnjaliMHR @IswarSankalpa @MumbaiCentral @netshrink @AmritSAA @banyanbalm @FoundationManav @hcmariwala & join us to ask the government to #BridgeTheCareGap https://t.co/ZIleqHLTXx

Hajida is an acid attack survivor from Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh. She, along with her mother, were attacked in 2014. Hajida survived while her mother succumbed to the injuries.

Andhra Pradesh government has allotted land to Hajida but she needs ₹5 lakh to be able to build house on the plot. Please contribute money to her fundraising campaign here https://t.co/sXmToNEclQ

We’re asking for a million voices to #BridgeTheCareGap in Mental Health in India. Follow @CareGapIndia for campaign updates. https://t.co/5l4TBSPQxG

Here's a heartwarming thread by @banyanbalm, a leading #mentalhealth organization in India first supported through our Global Mental Health program, and now expanding their reach via our Transition to Scale program @CanadaDev https://t.co/OLbUdHttPR

Sugunamma draws a kolam in front of her home. This is significant because for 25 years she refused to move out of Adaikalam (the Emergency Care and Recovery Center), our hospital facility for homeless women with mental illness.

I write about How ‘influencers’ like Dr Shalini who claim to be LGBTQI+ allies harm people with unscientific claims. Also I raise an important question to @LakshmyRamki on her integrity of her and her show Solvadellam Unmai
https://t.co/qe9dcKIpgp

@CHP_ADRI @ADRIPatna is organising National Conference on Innovative Solution For Mental Helth in Bihar on March 9, 2019 @HotelPanache Join us if you want your voice to count to build a robust mental public health systems #mentalhealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters

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