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

Call our 24x7 Hotline

1 week ago

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We are celebrating! 🎉

Four young adults who grew with parental mental illness and homelessness have gained admission to graduate and postgraduate courses of choice at some of the best colleges in Chennai.

#CollegeAdmissions #HigherEducation #ParentalMentalHealth #EndingHomelessness
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2 weeks ago

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'We found that a person’s gender-specific behaviours as an adolescent were associated with their health and health behaviours into adulthood.'
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'Although it is well established that childhood experiences, such as trauma or neglect, can affect future health, to our knowledge, this is the first analysis to show that a person’s gender expression toward masculinity or femininity can track through time to affect their health in adulthood, including the likelihood of engaging in risky health behaviours and of several health outcomes.'
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'Whether that effect is protective or harmful is dependent on the gender of the individual, their degree of gender expression, and the behaviour in question. We found evidence that, for some outcomes, masculinity and femininity convey risks independent of whether a person is biologically male or female.'
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Via @thelancet
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Read here: bit.ly/2MovEc8
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#AdolescentAndChildHealth #GenderExpression #Spectrum #Masculinity #Femininity #AdultHealthOutcomes
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2 weeks ago

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Sengeni, a NALAM mobiliser since 2014 has helped hundreds of people access mental healthcare, housing, jobs and social entitlements.
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She now needs our help in tiding over a financial crisis brought on by sudden onset of facial paralysis in her twelve year old daughter.
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We need to raise INR 1 lakh to support education of both her children and follow up care for her daughter.
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Please DM for further details.
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#ContributeNow
#EnsureEducation #EnableRecovery
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3 weeks ago

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MHI is excited to share news of training around intersections of mental health with caste, around structural oppression facilitated by @deepapawar6 of our partner @AnubhutiTrust & @TheBlueDawn56 with team @iCALLhelpline . #Mentalhealth #structuraloppression

#TamilNadu State Human Rights Commission takes suo motu cognisance of a @the_hindu report about caste #Hindus discriminating against #Dalit anganwadi workers at Valayapatti in #Madurai district; questions why action cannot be taken against erring officials @THChennai

Here are some of the voices at Ummeeds Second International Narrative Therapy Conference. ....super excited. Spread the news

We are celebrating! 🎉 Four young adults who grew with parental mental illness and homelessness have gained admission to graduate and post graduate courses of choice at some of the best colleges in Chennai.

#CollegeAdmissions #ParentalMentalHealth
#EndingHomelessness

NEW: #Gender expression toward masculinity or femininity can track from #adolescence to affect health in adulthood, including the likelihood of engaging in risky or healthy behaviours and other health outcomes. https://t.co/PUeGh3l1In #GenderNormsandHealth #WD2019

@PrachiSrivas @amb1857 @AnjaliMody1 @ShreyaR_C @MartinHaus93 @RTEForum_India Social Workers and Counsellors to be hired in school complexes.

Our contact details are as follows:

Hotline numbers: 044 - 4311 1143 & 1800 102 7282
Whatsapp: +91 98408 88882
Email: dvsupport@pcvconline.org

Please RT this thread. We are unable to check Twitter regularly, but our hotline is active 24X7. Please share this information.

Dhwani - our 24X7 domestic and intimate partner violence hotline - is available for women throughout India. We have been offering support services in Chennai for over a decade now. Outside Chennai, we are partnered with other organizations and provide need-based referrals.

Sengeni, a NALAM mobiliser since 2014 has helped hundreds of people access mental healthcare, housing, jobs and social entitlements.
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#ContributeNow
#EnsureEducation #EnableRecovery

'It is sheer luck that Bangladeshi resident Bipul Deb is able to go home this weekend. His brother and cousin have arrived, firming up formalities to take him back to his village where he used to manage the family-run provision store.'
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Via @the_hindu
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https://t.co/JmkCVm2RZF

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