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

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

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2 days ago

The Banyan

We are looking for a Coordinator to join our Reintegration and Aftercare team, in Chennai
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Those interested are requested to write in to jobs@thebanyan.org with the subject line 'Reintegration and Aftercare' latest by 29th July, 2019
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After school hours at The Banyan.
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4 days ago

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Vikas Sheel - Joint Secretary, National Health Mission exerts that the Emergency Referral Services under the National Ambulance Services (NAS) across all States and UTs need to offer support for emergencies including those due to mental illness.
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It was further clarified that this comes under their purview due to the Mental Health Care Act 2017 which states the following in Ch V - Section 21, Para (c):
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'Every person with mental illness shall be treated as equal to persons with physical illness in the provision of all healthcare which includes the following, namely - (c) persons with mental illness shall be entitled to the use of ambulance services in the same manner, extent and quality as provided to persons with physical illness.'
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2 weeks ago

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The first batch of the Course on Open Dialogue anchored by Dr Pina Ridente from the University of Trieste, graduated recently.
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The practice has increasingly been credited for enabling families and the larger community to converge organically with recovery trajectories.
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Certificates were distributed at the BALM campus, by Dr. Sharon Buteau - Executive Director, IFMR Lead and Rachana Iyer - Lead, Corporate Social Responsibility, IDFC First Bank.
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3 weeks ago

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Thirty children and young adults hailing from the isolated Poo Idayar community from the Thiruporur block, with histories of long term homelessness and displacement, recently expressed their willingness to go to school.
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The Banyan team facilitated the enrollment of five such children into the Kovalam Government Primary School today, to start. The significant disadvantages they negotiate on an everyday basis, meant that all of them hadn't entered the education system till this point.
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Efforts to secure them Aadhar Cards, other social records and resources they are entitled to, are in process.
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We are looking for a Coordinator to join our Reintegration and Aftercare team, in Chennai
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Those interested are requested to write in to jobs@thebanyan.org latest by 29th July, 2019
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#ApplyNow #SocialWorkerJobs #MentalHealth
#Homelessness #Chennai

Success: Happy to announce that our disability competencies have finally been included in the new #MedEd curriculum by Medical Council of India. https://t.co/r2Tvoht1KB #DocsWithDisabilities

After school hours at The Banyan.
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#ChildrenAfterSchool #Happiness #Mogappair #IntegratedEcosystem

This case will help us in fighting stigma about mental illness:

Let mentally disabled youth study medicine: SC https://t.co/p5qVorPF0M via @timesofindia

After Irdai directions, many health insurers have started products catering to specific needs of mentally ill. Two prominent insurers, Reliance Health and Max Bupa have already introduced health plans specifically designed for mental illness patients. https://t.co/qelV2H7zFQ

The first batch of the Course on Open Dialogue anchored by Dr Pina Ridente from the University of Trieste, graduated recently.
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#GraduationCeremony
#ShortCourse
#DiverseApproachesToCare
#MentalHealth

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