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AUGUST 25, 2018

Celebrating our Silver Jubilee

Read about The Banyan's 25th Anniversary Celebrations

Over the years, hundreds of individuals from a variety of fields and walks of life have partnered with, volunteered with and supported The Banyan – and this event stood as an occasion to thank our donors, patrons and supporters.

The celebration, attended by over 300 individuals, was MCed by Ranvir Shah, Founder-Trustee of the Prakriti Foundation along with Revathy, renowned Tamil actress – both of whom are long time supporters and friends of The Banyan. They both shared anecdotes about their engagement with our organisation, and spoke about the importance of speaking up about mental health issues in public spheres.

AUGUST 21, 2018

The HCL Foundation & The Banyan

Building strong communities & foundations of support

The Banyan has maintained a partnership with the HCL Foundation for the past 6 years. Due to their support,  The Banyan has been able to initiate and maintain innovative projects across both urban and rural sites in Tamil Nadu. This partnership has been one of mutual learning, cemented by a sense of urgency to respond to the needs of the most marginalised. HCL Foundation’s staff and volunteers have become an integral part of The Banyan family, and we hope it stays that way for many more years to come!

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MAY 20, 2018

Woman from Kolar reunited with family after nine years

The Banyan Team worked with Little Hearts and the police to locate this women's family

Despite running away from home, Vijaya’s desperation to return home, to her children, even after all these years was evident to the social workers. “When a few of us from The Banyan visited her on Friday, we realised how desperate she was. After speaking to her, we immediately got in touch with police personnel in KGF, Kolar, who went to her house and helped us trace the family.”

MAY 4, 2018

Community Mental Health in Kerala

Our Kerala chapter is working with local partner organisations and the palliative care lobby to create outpatient mental health programmes

The Banyan has always focused on providing comprehensive mental health solutions for marginalised populations,  and for the past decade, addressing social causation of mental illness has been one of our main priorities. So when we were contacted by OWT to form a partnership through which we could collaboratively offer outpatient mental health services – we jumped at the offer.

Through a collaboration with OWT and The Mehac Foundation (an organisation that has provided community mental health services for those who have limited access to healthcare), we have now been offering outpatient clinics and home based care for individuals who are experiencing multidimensional and complex difficulties due to mental illness and poverty.

Kerala MoU signing
MARCH 12, 2018


The Banyan collaborates with The Government of Kerala, TISS and The Hans Foundation to provide exit pathways for individuals in mental health centres

The Banyan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Government of Kerala, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and The Hans Foundation to begin a programme that will facilitate exit options out of institutionalised care for persons with mental health issues.

The programme will first identify individuals that are well and ready to return home but are unable to do so due to resource deficits or the absence of home or families to return to, and then identify individuals who have accessed all the care they can and still live with residual symptoms. These individuals will then be offered a range of inclusive living options, which are graded levels of supportive services to live long-term. This will be a replication of the Home Again  approach created by The Banyan.

New ECRC wall
MARCH 2, 2018

Splash of Colour

Changing the way we design therapeutic environments

On March 1st, led by long-time volunteer of The Banyan and world renowned photographer, Christoph Von Toggenburg, we began the #JoyfulBanyan Project.



Vandana Gopikumar award photo
JANUARY 24, 2018

Award in Global Women's Health

Dr. Vandana Gopikumar to Receive 2018 Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation award for Global Women’s Health

Co-Founder and Managing Trustee of The Banyan, Dr. Vandana Gopikumar has been chosen to receive the prestigious Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health.

Congratulations Dr. Gopikumar!

Dr. KV Kishore Kumar
JANUARY 26, 2018

Love For Service Award

Director of The Banyan receives The Renny Abraham Tanker Foundation Love for Service Award

Director of The Banyan, Dr. KV Kishore Kumar is the recipient of the 2018 Renny Abraham Tanker Foundation Love for Service Award

Congratulations Dr. Kishore!

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