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

Buddhist Psychology Workshop

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5 days ago

The Banyan

K has been a service user with us for the last decade and half. In all these years, age has never been a deterrent for K - hobbling from one corridor to another, she has always initiated and created bonds of affinity, friendship and more. Although efforts were made in the past to trace her place of origin, they were always unsuccessful. Recently, the efforts were renewed. Details given by K, were gathered and put together into one collective whole for further investigation. This time around, the luck turned. For, the Reintegration team were able to finally positively identify K's home, people and family as she used to know them! (a student from BALM, familiar with the local landscape, helped significantly). Although excited, after some thinking, K decided to not go back home, despite her family being open to the idea. Her reasoning was that she is happy where she is (ECRC, Mogappair) and was unwilling to change the setup. At The Banyan, users are encouraged to choose exit options that make sense to them, personally. And that's what K did. She is in regular touch with her family (son, niece, nephews and grandchildren) and enjoys learning her way around them, after the gap. #Choices #Kinship #Home #Family #Mogappair ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

The Banyan

Look at the different ways we commemorated the World Mental Health day, this year! In Kovalam, the morning started off with a music therapy session for service users (facilitated by Dr. Lakshmi Shankaran of BALM). Thereafter there was a march for awareness (route from Health Center, Kovalam to the Kovalam Beach) with a mix of users, staff, school children and people from the community joining in. This culminated in an enthusiastic street play (performed by The Banyan's grassroots workers). In Mogappair, bank accounts were officially opened for ten of our service users - for economic independence leads to autonomy in ways unimaginable (we thank the IDBI Bank, Mogappair, for this!). Note : All pictures have been shared with due consent. #WMHDay2018 #NALAM #Kovalam #Mogappair ... See MoreSee Less

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Barbara Taylor on her experiences at Friern Hospital and its closure

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“The police asked me very nasty things, like how it felt for me. I told them I was totally unconscious, so how would I know? The police said things like, ‘She’s mental, why should I pay attention to her?” #Disability #MeToo
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Team engaged in the multi-stakeholder national survey of people living for one year or more in state mental hospitals as the first step towards enabling pathways to inclusive living. @THF_INDIA @Tarasha_TISS #socialinclusion #longstay #Mentalhealth

“When abusers bring mental health issues as an excuse to their behaviours it gives birth to a misinformed and ableist narrative.” #metoo

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“How Do You Silence a Ghost? You’ve Already Done the Worst You Could”@KhabarLahariya #Metoo

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@PunjabPoliceInd @capt_amarinder @INCIndia @ndtv @IndiaToday @timesofindia @TimesNow @PTI_News @GabbbarSingh @AllIndiaBakchod @LogicalIndians @CNNnews18 Pleading for help!!
@MoHFW_INDIA @banyanbalm @AnjaliMHR @THF_INDIA #WMHD18 my brother is missing since 23rd sept and he has chronic depression. He just left home In some thought and doesn’t have his medication with him. Please help me in ways that we can locate him.

Childhood adversities are important determinants of homelessness and mental illness. We work with 1000 children, prioritising those living with parental mental illness, Dalits and Adivasis, to better childhoods and improve later life outcomes. https://t.co/8fx5MYB9vI

Nobody can agree about antidepressants. Here’s what you need to know https://t.co/NpdAaVddus

The beach at Kovalam #Chennai doubles as #mentalhealth platform on alcoholism & suicide for youth leader Nabiya as she addresses the local community.

@banyanbalm #WorldMentalHealthDay2018 #TimeToAct @Karthik85304425 @jayasrinivasan

D, one of our service users, walks towards her home, which she shares with friends. Today, we celebrate her and many others like her who find their unique pathways to better mental health. Photo: @everydayaintsame #WMHday2018 #HomeAgain #Kovalam

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