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?

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Service users across The Banyan's sites in Tamil Nadu have geared up to cast their votes today and exercise their franchise.
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#RightToSuffrage #AgencyToChoose #MHCA2017 #UNCRPD #Elections #TamilNadu

“When Chester died, it hit all his fans pretty hard ... This year, after our ride for multiple sclerosis in February, we wanted to do something that really makes a difference."

#MakeChesterProud ❤️

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#Calcitta #HighCourt on Thursday slapped a Rs 3-lakh compensation on the state for denying admission to a #disabled candidate who had qualifIed for the #NEET 2018 exam! #CRPD #RPWDAct
https://t.co/n7Lbte951P

Mental health cannot be understood in isolation, & needs to be cognizant of various intersecting factors in our lives - like gender, sexuality and caste. In this context, is #MentalHealthForAll still a dream to achieve in India? #ThinkAntiCaste, TODAY 3 pm. RT to share & join in.

Children, whether of service-users, staff or from the neighbourhood, are a permanent fixture across our facilities. Summers are especially fun as they take our premises with self-directed fun and adventure.
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#SummerHolidays #Happiness #ChildrenAndPets #SocialTransactions

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The Task Force of the 'National Strategy For Inclusive And Community Based Living For Persons With Mental Health Issues' study commissioned by
@THF_INDIA convened at BALM Kovalam yesterday.
#CommunityReentry #Aftercare #LongTermCare #MentalHealth #ActionResearch

Here's looking back at women from all over #TamilNadu who took the pledge to #EndStigmaEndTB on #WorldTBDay2019 The response to the campaign has been immense, with pictures still pouring in!
@StopTB #ItsTime #SpeakUp #ItsTimeToEndStigma #ItsTimeToEndTB

Inauguration of NALAM Juice Avenue at the Emergency Care and Recovery Centre, Mogappair
#UserLedInitiatives #WorkAndMentalHealth #SummerDrinks

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@netshrink @AmritSAA @VijayNallawala @tandutt @EqualsCPSJ @MumbaiCentral @mariwalahealth @AnantBhan @drsitu @NPRD_IN @DorodiSharma @DesirajuKeshav @kirpvc @AnjaliMHR @banyanbalm @SangathGoa @abhiloquacious @toymango @AdvGauravKumar @akhileshlinky A well written account on the stigmatising experience of a psychiatrist who went through a psychotic episode https://t.co/jcvl1Cma64

My article :Does Indian Law Disqualify People With Mental Illnesses From Voting? https://t.co/7aXgENZgg8

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