BALM

The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health

BALM

BALM

BALM

The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health

Event Calendar

Open Dialogue Foundation course 2021 Sundram Fasteners Centre for Social Action and Research is pleased to welcome you to our 2021 Open Dialogue Foundation course. We are fully online with the course now, and with...
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News and Updates

Exploring narratives of mental health with young adults In partnership with AISC Partnership between BALM and AISC – CareerX The Banyan Academy of Leadership and Mental Health and The Banyan partnered with the American International School Chennai (AISC)...
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Publications

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About us

Since its beginning in 2007, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) has strived to bridge care gaps through the development of comprehensive mental health solutions and human service professionals. Research, Social Action and Public Policy influence have always been our pivots, as has building effective and ethical leadership in the mental health sector, sensitive to the needs of vulnerable individuals and communities. As a result, we have been involved in the training of key stakeholders engaged in governance and health care such as panchayat leaders, police officials and the judiciary. Similarly, our research studies have been centred around minority mental health and testing the efficacy of solutions that work in the context of those socially disadvantaged. A landmark study in this context resulted in the inclusion of people living with mental illnesses or disabilities within the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) (Ravikanth, et. al.). From 2012 onwards, we partnered with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and other academic institutions on research and to run Masters programmes in social work in Mental Health and Applied psychology and further build young social and mental health sector leaders. BALM has, along with Masters level training, built capacity amongst nearly 650 people from diverse backgrounds (400 community mobilisers, social health coordinators, PhD Scholars, Mental Health leaders and 200 Masters levels mental health professionals) through multiple partnerships with University of Pennsylvania, the National Health Mission, The Panchayat Academy, Local State Governments etc.

The Banyan and BALM have remained steadfast to their commitment to improving the mental health of ultra-vulnerable groups through comprehensive psycho-social solutions and expansion of services by partnering with a wide range of stakeholders. Through the combination of practice, research and training, course content has been developed to support capacity building both nationally and internationally to promote mental health care and mental wellbeing in low resource settings.

News and Updates

Exploring narratives of mental health with young adults

In partnership with AISC Partnership between BALM and AISC - CareerX The Banyan Academy of Leadership and Mental Health and The Banyan partnered with the American International School Chennai (AISC) for their Career X internship....
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CTSI – Call for volunteers!

Since May 2021, The CTSI has been actively engaged in the training of young volunteers from psychology and social work backgrounds in grief and trauma related work as part of their ongoing GoTN initiative...
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A New Partnership with SAJIDA Foundation

BALM (The Banyan Academy of leadership in Mental Health) and SAJIDA Foundation are pleased to announce their partnership, to increase the mental health care integration into primary care and the community. BALM...
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A Mind Training Masterclass online

http://www.ptinews.com/pressrelease/48875_press-subA-Mind-Training-Masterclass-online *The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, Chennai, in partnership with ARTH, Mumbai, a mental health and wellness initiative based in Mumbai, is opening admissions for its 4th course titled...
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Starting SOON! Applied Buddhist Psychology PG Diploma

Less than 7 weeks to go, ADMISSIONS STILL OPEN!BALM and ARTH are pleased to announce open admissions for the Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Buddhist Psychology 2021 – Healing The Mind Through...
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Welcome to BALM’s new website

We have been working hard to provide a more accessible website, and will be providing regular updates posts and resources to the website.
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Our Philosophy

The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) was established in 2007 with a vision to build pillars of research, education, training, and advocacy to influence policy change, and augment stakeholder collaborations in mental health and social sectors. Over the years, the Banyan Academy has steadily impacted upon the aforementioned areas to make noticeable changes in relevant sectors especially in voicing the needs of the quietly surviving excluded populations living at the fringes. 

Five years since its inception, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences-Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (TISS-BALM) collaboration has contributed to the pedagogical depth and visible ground-level impact. Innovation is the cornerstone of The Banyan, The Banyan Academy, and TISS which are constantly reinventing themselves to best serve the larger community, by building the most well-equipped, democratic, and ethical leaders of tomorrow. TISS brings decades of experience to academia from a humanitarian perspective and continues to reframe social science education to suit the current and emerging needs of the developing sector. Their practical ethos synergizes with us, with whom there is mutual learning, and a resolve to make a difference.

Mrs. Madhuri Menon and Dr. Lakshmi Ravikanth

Important Dates

Open Dialogue Foundation course 2021

Sundram Fasteners Centre for Social Action and Research is pleased to welcome you to our 2021 Open Dialogue Foundation course. We are fully online with the course now, and with...
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2nd August 2021 – Webinar Open Dialogue: Approaches and application

Last week we had an interesting and open discourse on learning Open Dialogue approaches and how it has been applied by social workers and therapists. An overview of Open Dialogue...
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BALM Webinar – Open Dialogue: Approaches and application

Tue Jul 27, 2021 6pm – 8:30pm Join us for a BALM Webinar to discuss the Open Dialogue approach and practice in the Indian context.  Looking forward to seeing you...
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Courses

Currently admissions are only being accepted for Certificate courses as they are launched during 2021.

Master of Arts

Certificate Courses

Partnerships