Research

The Research portfolio at BALM will engage in cutting edge research in mental health and allied social sciences with the aim of offering a nuanced and multi-dimensional understanding of complex problems, Through its research findings BALM hopes to better inform practitioners, policy makers and the general public on critical issues plaguing society today.

BALM’s Research Agenda includes:

Inclusive Development and Social Innovation Homelessness, Mental Health and Marginality Health and Mental Health Policy Research
Programmes:

NALAM

Programmes:

Shared Housing
Open Shelter
Re-orienting Care Services

Programmes:

Research Collaborations with international Universities that share The Banyan’s Values

  • Wellness oriented, multi-interventional approaches to mental health
  • Understanding and addressing structural barriers to care
  • Creating innovative and flexible rural livelihood options – reducing scarcity as a barrier to wellbeing
  • Engaging youth in promoting social responsibility and encouraging social mixing – particularly among marginalized and vulnerable groups
  • The “Home Again” trial, an experimental study of independent housing with supportive services for women with mental illness experiencing long term needs
  • Reducing social distance and promoting social mobility among homeless persons with mental illness
  • Understanding individual conceptualisations of distress and recovery
  • Hearing voices – the link between the mind, brain, behavior and society
  • Shattering myths and confronting stigma – inspiring attitudinal change through inclusive ecosystems
  • Conceptualisation of human rights among vulnerable and marginalized groups – a nuanced perspective
  • Integrating mental health into primary care – innovating resource efficient approaches
  • Programme planning and service delivery according to the new Indian Mental Health Policy.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of health systems – qualitative and quantitative frameworks
  • Cost effectiveness of interventions – analysis based on improved health and wellness indicators
  • Skills development for persons with disabilities – integrating into policy and measuring efficacy of programmes
  • Therapeutic and responsive approaches to care for homeless persons with mental health issues

Ongoing studies

  • Prevalence and risk factors for homelessness among women with severe mental disorders accessing outpatient services at The Banyan, India
  • Understanding individual conceptualisations of distress and recovery among homeless women with mental health issues
  • Hearing voices – the link between the mind, brain, behaviour and society
  • Delusions: the interplay between lived experience, behaviour and society
  • NALAM: Wellness oriented, multi-interventional approach to mental health delivered by lay workers
  • Home Again: a quasi-experimental study of a housing with supportive services intervention for women with mental illness experiencing long term needs
  • Impact of disability certification on PWMIs
  • Engaging youth in promoting social responsibility and encouraging social mixing – particularly among marginalized and vulnerable groups
  • Understanding burden and sources of strength amongst caregivers of women with mental health issues
  • Needs assessment for social entitlements amongst persons with mental health issues
  • Prevalence and characteristics of drop-out of patients from outpatient clinical services provided by The Banyan