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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6 days ago

The Banyan

'Water is a symbol of knowledge in at least one Aboriginal culture. In languages of the Northern Territory, the word ‘ganma’ means a place where salt water and fresh water meet. It is used as a metaphor for different people coming together to share knowledge and reach mutual understanding. It’s also the basis of what Aboriginal people call ‘yarning’ – sitting in a circle on the ground, sharing stories.

These old ways of thinking are being used by some psychologists to counter the colonial connotations of the Western style of psychology. Consultations based on yarning involve history, storytelling and finding common ground through skin ties, a complex system of inter-family connections. It can take weeks or months – the comparative directness of a Western-style consultation is seen as rude in Aboriginal culture.

Mental health workers are building on this idea, yarning with older Aboriginal people in remote areas to understand their specific health needs, with the effects of the drought now foremost in everyone’s minds.'
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Via Mosaic science
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Read here: bit.ly/2LHuzeX
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#EcologicalPain #StoryTelling #IntergenerationalTrauma #MentalHealth
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1 week ago

The Banyan

Congratulations to the batch of 2017-19 of @lifeatbalm MA in Social Work and MA in Applied Psychology
@meeraviswanathan adjudged Best International Student across TISS campuses
#Graduation #MentalHealthProfessionals #BALM
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1 week ago

The Banyan

thefederal.com/insight/2019/05/09/is-the-government-passing-the-buck-of-taking-care-of-mentally-i...

Response to above article in The Federal.
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We are completely in agreement that the state must take responsibility and ensure that pathways out of acute care settings to full participation in the community are created.
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Home Again (HA) rents homes in neighbourhoods for 4-5 people to share with personalised support offered by either on-site or off-site staff. These are not 'centres', people are not 'handed over' and neither are they 'inmates'.
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They are homes where people live as part of families (that transcend beyond limited biological conceptions). This is a narrative of social inclusion which may bring a paradigm shift in attitudes and help-seeking.
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There are 160 people living 33 rented houses currently spread across several villages and urban areas in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. 49 live as part of the Clustered Group Homes (CGH) co-located with BALM. Ashadeep in Assam supports 6 homes across Boko and Guwahati.
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Two phases of research funded by Grand Challenges Canada / Grands Défis Canada compared people who moved into HA with a matched group who remained in institutional/hospital settings. Level of support ranged from none-high. People experienced meaningful gains in community integration, disability reduced over time
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These are people with histories of homelessness, diagnosed with predominantly with schizophrenia, a quarter have concurrent intellectual disability. This study is separate from the research on long-stay users of IMH conducted by NIMHANS (although the article mixes them up).
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Housing with supportive services such as Housing First, At Home/Chez Soi, Home Again find mention in recent The Lancet commission on global mental health and sustainable development. Link: bit.ly/30b6uR9 (requires sign-in)
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Systematic review of deinstitutionalisation from 23 twenty-three studies that tracked outcomes among discharged clients from mental hospitals found that the majority of people did well in the community over the long term.
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15/23 studies found no homelessness among discharged clients, rest found rates of 0.9–2%. 11/23 studies found no incarceration, rest between 0.3–4.6% rates of prison entry. Link: bit.ly/2JtMa7x
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This may not account for new cohorts of people requiring care, who may perhaps enter homelessness or prisons in absence of community-based services and lack of hospital spaces. Balance across the continuum of care (community-based services to hospital) is vital.
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Differences in the experience of deinstitutionalisation across countries emphasise the need for investments in expansive community care that can not only support those discharged but also prevent progressions into long-term institutionalisation.
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Two anecdotes do not add up to representing diverse choices that people make. Kaveri* the person quoted in the article lives at a home supported by HA.
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MHCA 2017 emphasises Right to Community Living. RPWD 2016 enshrines the right of people with psychosocial disabilities to live in the community and to not be obliged to live in any particular living arrangement.
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RPWD 2016 mandates government responses that enable - “access to a range of in-house, residential and other community support services, including personal assistance necessary to support living with due regard to age and gender.”
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Responsibility of state to ensure that people are not institutionalised for lack of options. Equally important to ensure that these transitions are well planned and do not compromise on necessary care and support. GoTN partnership a step towards this.
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Partnerships are a way to progress towards shared visions for those marginalised by multiple social disadvantages. As is disruptive leadership that paves the path for innovations. Much to learn from PPPs in other public health priorities such as cancer, eye health, kidney care.
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Rather than abdicating from responsibility towards mental health, GoTN has established acute care beds in District Hospitals for homeless people with mental illness. Let us celebrate this and further contributions to mental health.
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#HomeAgain #CommunityLiving #LongStay #Deinstitutionalisation
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2 weeks ago

The Banyan

We are looking for Personal Assistants to join Home Again across sites - in Tamil Nadu (Chennai, Kovalam) and Maharashtra (Navi Mumbai, Ratnagiri). Those interested are requested to apply by writing in to jobs@thebanyan.org
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#HiringNow #MentalHealth #Homelessness #TamilNadu #Maharashtra
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வீட்டைச் சார்ந்த உதவியாளராக சேர ஒரு வாய்ப்பு. இடம் : தமிழ் நாடு (சென்னை, கோவளம்). ஆர்வமுள்ளவர்கள் jobs@thebanyan.org தொடர்பு கொள்ளவும்
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#வேலைவாய்ப்பு #வீட்டைச்சார்ந்தஉதவியாளர் #மீண்டும்இல்லம் #மனநலம் #தமிழ்நாடு
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Photo Credit / போட்டோ கிரெடிட்: @everydayaintsame (Instagram)
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2 weeks ago

The Banyan

Bespoke decorative juttis, embellished with fleece pom poms and metal filigree from The Banyan Collective
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#NewCollection #HandMade #LeatherFootwear
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Interesting and intriguing study that hints at the importance of communuty social cohesion for protection of people with severe mental disorders. https://t.co/PMEJOBVLQt

Any mental health Ngos in West Bengal willing to reach out to a lady in dire straits. She is a caregiver to her mother with Schizophrenia and both are on the verge of giving up completely. Please connect with me. #Mentalhealth @chibberratna

Sikkim has constituted State Mental Health Authority SMHA and District Review Board. 👍 Also made financial provisions for SMHA

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'Consultations based on yarning involve history, storytelling and finding common ground through skin ties, a complex system of inter-family connections.'

#MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #Mentalhealth
2day on my Petition,Hnble #SupremeCourtofIndia directed CHIEF SECRETARIES OF Arunachal Pradesh, J&K, Nagaland, Telangana & Uttarakhand & Administrators of UT Daman & Diu & UT Dadar Nagar Haveli 2 provide data or 2 APPEAR IN PERSON.....

Congratulations to the batch of 2017-19 BALM, MA in Social Work and MA in Applied Psychology. Meera Vishwanathan adjudged Best International Student across TISS campuses.
#Graduation #MentalHealthProfessionals #BALM

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