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, founder of The Banyan, was honoured with the Devi Award yesterday by @thekiranbedi . The Devi Awards is an initiative of the New Indian Express Group for recognizing 'women who display dynamism and innovation in their respective fields'. #DeviAwardsChennai

Registration for the 2nd International Conference on #MentalHealthandInclusiveDevelopment is now OPEN!

Visit https://t.co/fxnJnmzPAT to find out more, and register today!

@SangathGoa @AnjaliMHR @MHInnovation @PennNursing @gchallenges @THF_INDIA

#MHID2019 #BALM #TheBanyan

Dr Manoj Kumar, who has been providing free mental healthcare to the poor in #Kerala, quotes Dr Vikram Patel, "We need to deliver [mental] healthcare using whoever is avlbl & affordable in our local communities” https://t.co/OP9VUnHE8M

#NoHealthWithoutMentalHealth
#LayCounsellor

It's our #25thAnniversary! Read about the event we had to commemorate this occasion and thank our long-time friends and supporters:

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Good news for aging adults: Healthy older people can produce as many new brain cells as younger folk can https://t.co/cwsvbL6v7P

Employees with depression miss fewer days when managers are supportive, study finds https://t.co/1BokLvyG6S via @statnews

For the benefit of those who prefer to speak in #Hindi, here are all the key speakers expected at the 'International Conference on Mental Wellness in Communities'

It is a gathering of like-minded individuals and organisations like never before...

15 - 16 September, #Kolkata.

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WORKSHOP ALERT!! Mental Health Professionals are invited to register for the Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy being offered by The Banyan Academy of Leadership The Mental Health. The course will be led by three accredited experts in Cognitve Analytic Therapy.

Read about our partnership with The HCL Foundation on our blog!
@hcltech
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Great news! Insurance providers in India have been asked to cover mental illness under their plans!

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