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

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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'From a village that was entirely relying on other villages for clean drinking water to one that is now providing water to other villages, Chandankhera’s story is one of self-sufficiency with the help of constant community engagement.' via TheWire.in
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'Directly or indirectly, sex and money are always linked in women’s lives, a remnant of our long history of oppression.' | "Under the capitalist system women found themselves worse off than men,” Bernard Shaw wrote in 1928, “because, as Capitalism made a slave of the man, and then by paying women through him, made her his slave, she became the slave of a slave, which is the worst sort of slavery."
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Next on the anvil, is a brief course that will deal with Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health, by Deborah Padgett (New York University).
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The sessions will span four days - from 9th to 14th January 2019 and will happen in BALM - The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, Chennai.
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'So gender stereotypes themselves become sedimented in our minds along with the goals and values that make our behaviour conform, more or less, to those stereotypes.' | 'If the existentialism of de Beauvoir and Fanon is right, we are not the puppets of inherited ideologies. We can reason about the attitudes that matter most to us, and we can reform our social environments. In both ways, we can actively reshape the sedimented outlook that guides our behaviour.' - Jonathan Webber via Aeon

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Nice to be part of the Banyan Hans foundation function with the Home again theme. Great work by Banyan on mental health. Privilege to share the stage with Keshav Desi Raju sir and Addl CS Kerala Rajeev Sadanandan sir. Many from all walks of life attended.

#SundayMagazine | In a society where female bodies are policed like international borders, families seemed conveniently okay with women’s bodies being cut up — mostly by men and for men. | @sohinichat
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It was Col. Mehndiratta who was the first person in January 2910 to stand with me when I began crusade for mental health It’s tough for caregivers, world makes it tougher https://t.co/jXhHDeO3Fs via @thetribunechd

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'Directly or indirectly, sex and money are always linked in women’s lives, a remnant of our long history of oppression.' via @literaryhub
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#Agency #UnpaidLabour #LackOfFreeChoice #Socialism #Capitalism #OwnershipOverResources #UnequalStructures

Breastfeeding is not home chore: A wake-up call that mindsets need to change https://t.co/BuaZnK0pny

Can medical care significantly reduce disease in the pop? No. Medicine is just a small contributor to pop health. Deeper social factors are key. Great op ed by @paulalantz in @MilbankFund (MQ) explains why "pop health management" medicalizes ph. https://t.co/wXL20qIdIZ

Next on the anvil, is a brief course that will deal with Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health, by Deborah K. Padgett (New York University).
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We also, facilitate anti-caste, queer friendly, affordable mental health services to Bahujans (Dalits, OBC, Adivasis, Pasmanda, Nomadic Tribes). If you're one and in need of support, we are here, write to us at thebluedawn56@gmail.com!
#MentalHealthMatters

Update : The stall has been postponed to the 23rd of December due to prediction of possible rains tomorrow. Timings remain 11am to 9pm. Please note.
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“If the existentialism of de Beauvoir and Fanon is right, we are not the puppets of inherited ideologies. We can reason about the attitudes that matter most to us, and we can reform our social environments.” @jonathanwebber in @aeonmag

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