The Banyan

Rating: 4.69 stars   26 reviews

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Location: 66/5B Spur Tank Road Chetpet Chennai TN India

Mission: The Banyan: Changing the face of mental health care in India. The Banyan provides accessible services to those with mental illness who would otherwise fall through the State care cracks. It does this with health centres in communities that ensure access to social and medical care for the client and their family. With this philosophy of inclusive care for all at its heart, The Banyan also strives to raise awareness and dispell the myths that surround mental illness in order to sensitise families, communities and government, and instigate a real change in the profile and direction of the sector as a whole.

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I remember half way through my placement thinking, this is not what I came to do. However, it could not have turned out better. The Banyan not only brought me together with a lot of different people, but also gave me a great experience and insight into the challgenges that an NGO (especially one that works in the health field has to face.) I am a medical student, so I was expecting to have a bit more contact with the patients, itself and that did not really happen. However I think that was also partly my fault as I maybe had a bit too much expectations. I was working in the main office instead helping to set up a shop. It was something that I have never done in my life before and probably will never do, so it was good for me to see things from another perspective. All in all I loved my stay at banyan.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and very welcoming. I could immeadiatly get along with everybody. Because the Banyan had a lot of volunteers I felt as if I could connect with somebody and could clear any doubts I had. The staff were a grat guidance aswell.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

It was such a privilege to serve the Banyan this summer. This charity is doing amazing things. The medical treatment, as well as the indepence and pracitcal skills the women at Adaikalam are receiving and learning is fantastic. The staff are committed and hard working. This charity is forward thinking as well as constantly trying to encourage the government into using its money better for the sake of their nation. But there are still so many untouched mentally'ill persons in Chennai and across India, but it needs the funds for the work to grow.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff and patients were willing to teach me so much, and learn from each other the differnt kinds of potential treatments.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard-working, motivated, passionate about making a difference in the world ofmental health.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach across India, treating the 1000s of untreated persons with mental health problems, and potentially convince the Indian government to use their money to give free health care, which in return would mean the country's economy would thrive.

Ways to make it better...

there had been an english-speaking member of staff so i could have been in communication with the whole time i was there, so my time with the banyan could have been as productive as possible.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I don't have any direct experience with The Banyan but from what I hear, they're doing a swell job. From a questionnaire that I helped translate for them, I could infer that they're doing some amazing work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

probably improve the efficiency of their operations by automating some back-office work.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do far, far more for the deserving aged.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I don't know

One thing I'd also say is that...

they're doing excellent service for people who need it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I interned for 10 weeks at The Banyan from May-July 2009. I created an employee satisfaction survey and connected The Banyan's vocational training unit with a U.S. fair trade wholesaler. I was very impressed with The Banyan's commitment to serving the homeless women of Chennai who struggle with mental illness. They work tirelessly to provide direct services and to advocate on behalf of the mentally ill in the city .

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

connecting The Banyan's vocational training unit with a U.S. fair trade wholesaler.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

A brilliant organisation doing some groundbreaking work. The Banyan is a young organisation and are working with a very unpopular cause. Women are bought from all across the city and given the support they need over a period of time to regain their life and identity. This includes everything from the basics of food, shelter and company to counselling, medication, vocational therapy and finally rehabilitation to their family wherever possible. The Banyan believes that mental illness can be tackled, allowing sufferers to lead a productive life. The Banyan also has a strong and supportive trustee board and a unique vibrancy. We have previously funded some staff costs and some research to help us understand the impact of their approach. In short they really dserve wider recogntion of their acheievments which will enable them to expand their reach across southern India and beyond.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My capacity as a funder. With our support hey have been able to help 737 homeless women with mental health last year to receive care abnd treatment in residential facilities. A further 54 were re-integrated into communities

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The vibrancy and can do culture of the orgnaisation and a willingness to challenge to make life better for their beneficiaries.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, hard working and passionate about the work they do to help women with mental health problems.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Replicate its work across India

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Great & dedicated team of people put together. Have seen a part of their journey from being led by involved founders to a core group of committed professionals.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Committed & focussed to the people in their care.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very dedicated, with a core group of experienced professionals extremely committed to their task.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the geographical scope of their primary work, build further on rehabilitation & help institutionalise a curriculum for training & developing people working in non-profits.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 3 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Great people who share a common purpose. An organisation with dedicated and loving people whom you feel delighted to be with. Hardworking and always on the go to serve for others, I would surely like to be a part of the organisation anytime i can.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way the people work with passion and dedication. I love the fact that they work for the welfare of others and they get satisfaction for doing a good deed

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time and more knowledge about the organisation and all the works they are involved with

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My stint as a volunteer at The Banyan was an extremely enriching experience and the organization's commitment towards the rehabilitation of mentally destitute women was very moving.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very warm, friendly and inviting. They are very sincere and committed to their work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Role: Former volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I first got involved with the Banyan soon after they started - it was around 1996. I visited their service most days for six months or so, and spent time with the service users when I was doing some volunteer work elsewhere in Chennai. Since then I have watched them develop and it has been awe inspiring. They have blossomed into something wonderful that has changed so many peoples lives forever. Their starting point of respect for each individual as a human being has in my opinion been fundamental to this success. The moto of "I exist, therefore I am" runs through every aspect of their services. There is no organisation that I respect more than this one for its' committment to people with mental health problems, and to increasing public awareness of this long taboo subject.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Changing peoples lives by showing them care, support and respect. Reuniting people with family and challenging stigma from the public.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their energy and Committment to the cause

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful. Non judgemental, caring and respectful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change perception of mental health across Asia for the better, and improve the live experiences of millions of people.

Ways to make it better...

I can't fault The Banyan - it just needs more resources to help more people

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funds and the public perception of mental health.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They show how with dedication small ideas that come from the heart can grow and make a huge, huge impact

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I volunteered with the Banyan from May-June 2009. As an American citizen I was so impressed to see how well organized The Banyan is and how well used and needed the funds are. I am proud to say that I was a volunteer at The Banyan and would come back to volunteer anytime.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the acceptance of one's mental illness by residents at Kovalam, watching two residents move back home and gain re-acceptance by their families

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their motivation to impact society, their appreciation of volunteers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

efficient, kind, accommodating, INCREDIBLE, life changing!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change Indian perspectives on mental illness, reduce the amount of homeless people on the streets in India, make India safer

Ways to make it better...

The Banyan had the money to pay for accommodations

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The Indian caste sytem

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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