The Centre for Mental Health and Inclusive Development, co-founded by The Banyan and Rural India Supporting Trust (RIST), envisions “to build inclusive living options and mental health friendly communities as a response to the prolonged segregation of individuals in psychosocial distress in an institutional setting, by adopting justice-oriented approaches and as a result, values of participation, equity, dialogue, inclusivity, choice, social mixing and interdependence are promoted”


people with histories of homelessness and mental health issues live in 125 homes across 23 locations.
90 %
experience meaningful gains in community integration
demonstrate a decrease in disability.



The Home Again model has been featured as a successful model in the (i) Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development, and more recently, in 2021 by the (ii) World Health Organisation (WHO) in its “Guidance on Community Mental Health Services”, a comprehensive guidance document accompanied by a set of seven supporting technical packages which contain detailed descriptions of the showcased mental health services, including “Supported Living for Mental Health”.

Stories of Hope and Resilience

Some years back, my family called me back to live with them. I rejected that and chose to live alone (rented a house in Kovalam and worked to meet my expenses). Living alone has been contagiously comforting. I can transact and not transact as per my emotional needs and preferences. However, the Wardha floods damaged the house along with all my belongings, post which I decided to return to living with The Banyan. Shared homes have been an extension of the life I was getting used to, I get to live life on my own terms, with support being available when required as per my direction.

Partnerships and Replications

Our core principle emphasises the co-production of knowledge, recognising that the expertise and insights of individuals and communities play a vital role in shaping effective mental health interventions. Therefore, we actively engage multiple stakeholders, including service users, community members, healthcare providers, and policymakers, in developing and implementing our models.

By leveraging the expertise and resources of diverse stakeholders, we can effectively expand our reach and impact.

Take a closer look at the remarkable collaborations that drive our mission forward:

  1. 1. In Gujarat​ with The Altruist
  2. 2. In Karnataka​ with Green Dot Trust
  3. 3. In Tirunelveli​ with Real Social Organisation Of Youth Aca
  4. 4. In Villupuram​ with Menadora Foundation
  5. 5. In Kancheepuram​ with Rural Development Council
  6. 6. In Kerala with Unmad​ and Mariyasadanam
  7. 7. In Madhya Pradesh with Gramin Adivasi Samaj Vikas Sansthan (GASVS)
  8. 8. In Assam​ with Ashadeep
  9. 9. In Nagaland​ with Ashadeep
  10. 10. In Odisha​ with Chetana Jewels International
  11. 11. In Sri Lanka​ with Mental Health Society of Jaffna
  12. 12. In  Maharashtra with Schizophrenia Awareness Association
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