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The Banyan

  1. 1.  The Banyan, a non government voluntary organization in Chennai.  The Banyan has been providing medical care, social interventions, vocational training and comprehensive mental health services to homeless women with mental health issues  In order to work effectively, they had tied up with the city police, state government and Institute of Mental Health for treatment.
  2. 2.  Vandana and Vaishnavi studying in Women’s Christian College in Chennai once saw a mentally ill women in mid 30s, half naked, badly bruised and running back and forth.  Both decided to help the women so they took her to nearby medical health institution but the institution was not ready to admit the woman.  After visiting few places, they got her admitted in an institution but the next day they found, the women left the place and nobody knew where she went.  This incident made the duo to think and to do something for the protection and betterment of such women and this instance was the reason of birth of The Banyan.
  3. 3.  Vandana and Vaishnavi, both were from - Well to do families - Graduated from Women’s Christian College  Vandana went to finish her MSW from the Madras School of Social Work.  Vaishnavi perused MBA  Unrelenting compassion  Motto – “ I exist therefore, I am”
  4. 4. Support from Family Society Accommodation Raising Funds Pay Structure
  5. 5.  Aim: To see their inmates getting rehabilitated and returning to society.  Government Assistance: 6.5 grounds of land under the Mogappair Eri Scheme in Mogappair West, Chennai.  Central Governement: 18 lakh every year under the Swadha Scheme to sustain 200 beneficiaries.  By April 2001: 24,000 sq. ft. area with large dormitories.  Government of Japan: Japan Grassroots Assistance Scheme  Awareness program to sensitize people of problem of mental illness.
  6. 6.  The Banyan grew in size as year passed by  More number of inmates meant more need of resources  Tapping all resources  Handful generous soul’s donations EXHIBIT 1 AND 2 74% 26% Revenue Source Donations Government grants and income from in- house programmes
  7. 7. Bringing Celebrities to support their cause Fund Raising Media Support Signature Campaigns and Programmes
  8. 8. The Banyan Family comprised of • 11 Trustees • 80 Full time and part time resident employees working day and night • 2 Psychiatrist • 2 General Physicians • 125 Volunteers with significant expertise and experience in their respective field It also provided • Statutory Benefits • Leave • Motivation • Voluntary invitation • Training • Proper Treatment • Exhibit - 4
  9. 9. Story of Viji Story of Jaya Story of Bhanu Story of Zabina
  10. 10. 24 hour hotline Fully equipped residential crisis intervention center Innovation group home Rural outreach programe Legal aid clinic Lobbying and advocacy
  11. 11. Starting up of a public health center Opening a resource training center Shifting of long stay home Getting into social research
  12. 12. ‘The Banyan’ is an ideal model to address mental health problems in a developing country like India. It covers all the aspects of care including prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and follow up. The USP of this model :-  Empowerment of mentally ill people by providing vocational training and building their confidence to get back to their normal life.  Private institutions alone cannot provide treatment thus utilizing existing government infrastructure in a right manner to solve this problem.
  13. 13. Website - http://www.thebanyan.org/
  14. 14. Thank You
  15. 15. •10TH October •World Mental Health Day •A DAY FOR GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

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