150 million Indians are estimated to have mental health issues, yet 83% lack the necessary care. In this low-resource scenario, socio-economic liabilities (gender, caste, class) render people with psychosocial disabilities homeless, with limited options of long-term institutionalisation or living on the streets. At The Banyan, we are working to change this scenario substantively. We offer comprehensive mental health services in a range of institutional and community settings for people with mental health issues living in homelessness and poverty. We work in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra with a population of 1 million servicing low-income households and homeless people through a range of approaches that include hospital-based care, housing in rural and urban neighbourhoods and community clinic-based mental health solutions.
Emergency Care and Recovery Centre
Emergency Care and Recovery Centres (ECRCs) offer multidisciplinary, person-centred hospital-based care for homeless people with mental health issues to recover and re-enter stable housing and community living arrangements where they may pursue fulfilling lives.
Centre for Mental Health and Inclusive Development : CMHID
Home Again offers housing with bespoke supports leading to substantive community integration gains for people with psychosocial disabilities at a fraction of what it costs to institutionalise long-term.
Centre for Social Needs and Livelihood (CSNL) : NALAM
The Center for Social Needs and Livelihoods (CSNL) is a community mental health care program delivered through grassroots mobilisers, specifically focusing on social care and livelihood facilitation.
homeless people with mental health issues were reached through ECRC services
homeless people with mental health issues reintegrated with their families and communities of origin
people with psychosocial disabilities transitioned to inclusive housing options in the community./ CMHID beneficiaries
people were given continued clinical and social care.
HPWMI employed at The Banyan and BALM
are employed at other locations
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