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SummaryThe Banyan is a direct and heartfelt response to the visible gaps in care and attention for wandering women with mental health problems.
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Adaikalam, The Banyan’s residential care and rehabilitation centre for mentally ill destitute women started on Oct 4, 1993. Three staff and its first few residents entered a short while later. Despite tremendous financial stress The Banyan has reached out to more than 600 mentally unstable women found wandering on the streets of Chennai. While The Banyan currently houses approximately 200 residents, more than 400 others have been successfully rehabilitated / reunited with their families and now lead better lives outside The Banyan. Awareness and timely psychiatric intervention are also areas of interest and activity at The Banyan. The projects of The Banyan are: * Adaikalam - Transit-care centre for women rescued from the streets * Community Mental Health Project - Urban and rural mental health services * Community Living Project - A solution for clients requiring long term care * The Banyan Enterprise - Run by clients these are businesses that provide employment and income * The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) - Networking and increasing stakeholders in the sector through education and training **Additional Information** [Download the case study PDF about the Banyan](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/sites/healthmarketinnovations.org/files/Case_study_Banyan_1.pdf)
Ms. Vandana and Ms.Vaishnavi started “The Banyan” after Vandana finished her Masters in Medical & Psychiatric Social Work and Vaishnavi, soon dropped out of her MBA to join her. They were just 22 years old.
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