The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health

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The Research Associate (Ethnographer)

The Research Associate will be a part of BALM’s Centre for Research and Social Action(CSAR) focusing on Scale up research for Home Again models of care. Generating Evidence to support CSAR’s focus areas Conducting fieldwork and field research for the Home Again scale up.  The RA will work closely with…

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Head of Finance

Your primary responsibilities as Head of Finance include: In charge of preparing financial reports for BALM, including monthly and annual financial statements – Provide financial analyses, reports and forecasts to management. Adhering to all statutory compliances, registrations including FCRA for BALM Develop reporting formats, compile and analyse financial statements and…

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Sundram Fasteners Lecture Series

The first Sundram Fasteners Lecture was held in 2020-21 where we highlighted the interplay between mental health and the culture of indigenous communities in India. This year, in the 2nd edition of the Sundram Fasteners Lecture series, we will explore the complex nexus of #homelessness and mental illness.   Eminent speakers including health practitioners, academicians,…

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Happy New Year

Throwback to the last year! “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards” Søren Kierkegaard Looking back is important to move forward. We learnt many lessons in the #lastyear, and just want to take a moment to #thank everyone who constitutes and support BALM and The…

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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. The partnership was meant to orient the students through a short module, to impart a better understanding on…

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World Mental Health Day Webinar

This year for World mental health day, CTSI in partnership with IDFC FIRST bank, hosted a webinar on October 10th. The theme was – ‘mental health in an unequal world’.  The panel consisted of Rachna Iyer (CSR Head, IDFC FIRST bank), Dr. Lakshmi Ravikanth (Co-Dean, BALM), Sadaf Vidha (Founder, Guftagu…

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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 – Grief and bereavement counselling helpline in partnership with the National Health Mission, Government of Tamil Nadu and…

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Training in trauma counselling for BALM students 

On 21st September 2021, Ms. Varsha Vinod, CTSI Co-Lead, conducted training for second year students at the Banyan Academy in mental health and trauma-informed counselling. This was a part of their paper in approaches to psychotherapy and counselling. The training included concepts and understandings of trauma, theoretical frameworks, counselling skills and therapeutic approaches. This…

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Community Mental Health with SAJIDA Foundation, Bangladesh 

The Banyan Academy conducted an international training program for trainers in community mental health care for an NGO called SIJDA Foundation in Bangladesh. On 20th September, Ms. Varsha Vinod and Ms. Namrata Rao, Our Centre Co-Leads, trained the course participants in trauma-informed approaches. The training included concepts of trauma, theoretical framework, trauma-informed counseling skills…

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