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

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Use the precedent set by @AnjaliMHR for Pavlov MH in Kolkata https://t.co/gxlaLGkThC

'The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) along with @DisabilityIndia is planning to get Voter Identity Cards for inmates of the Institute ahead of coming Lok Sabha elections.'
Via @NewIndianXpress
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@vjayakumar
https://t.co/pJzKGkqs2q
#Voting #Entitlements #TamilNadu

We and @THF_INDIA are partnering with the Government of Maharashtra to implement exit pathways for 51 identified long stay service users from the Regional Mental Hospital in Ratnagiri.
#ParnershipsForChange #LongTerm #HomeAgain #GovtOfMaharashtra

We need this in every mental hospital. A good beginning with Chennai. For long stay patients who have no family to supply clothes NGOs will have to step in https://t.co/PuGO6lLh5P

We attended the @HCL_Foundation 's annual partners meet yesterday. The partnership has made it possible for us to sustain significant interventions across our rural and urban communities.
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#HCLFoundation #ParnershipsForChange #MentalHealth #Homelessness #Wellbeing

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Bought a lovely bag from @banyanbalm (The Banyan Collective) and played it up by replacing the black strap with a guitar strap. #IndianBaskets #IndianWeaves

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Workshop on Approaching Positive Psychology through Altruistic Bodhicitta. Open call for those interested to register. Please contact admin@balm.in for further enquiries.
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#ShortCourse #Wellbeing
#Buddhism #Philosophy #MentalHealth

Just went through the FM’s speech. Not so populist a budget for Persons with Disabilities, unfortunately. Just ONE casual mention in the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna’

How can India become accessible without the funds to make it so?

Across the Lines
Where art meets mental health!
Campaign to begin on 2nd Feb at Kolkata Pavlov Hospital 11 am by dignitaries. Continues till 25th of Feb
Each image is an assertion of indv expression whch counters d erasure of identity by society and institutions
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This photo was taken at the particular moment a father discovered that his daughter, living with a mental illness who had become homeless, was safe at our facility in Chennai. He had visited almost every shelter in the city in his efforts to find her.
#Relationships #Acceptance

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