Social Action & Public Policy Copy


This unit constitutes the fulcrum upon which The Banyan Academy’s goal of bridging the treatment and care gap will be met. The training and research arms of The Academy will feed into a wide range of social action and public policy initiatives that are sustained by students, volunteers, peer-workers and faculty.

By ensuring access to information across different sections of society, we aim to build a civil society movement that can mobilise resources and advocate for evidence-based care in research poor regions. The incubation of the Movement for Global Mental Health at The Banyan Academy also creates a platform to share erstwhile unknown perspectives, especially from persons with lived experiences in the global south, that transcend oft-repeated and cyclical debates centered around Northern definitions of human rights, well-being and functionality, to more locally prevalent narratives that will spur change. This is especially relevant while framing the role of a mental health professional, who is traditionally trained to be apolitical and distanced from community and environmental realities to deliver care rooted in “western” established theories of recovery and well-being. This knowledge will feed back into the academy’spedagogy and research.


Toll-free helpline


The coronavirus pandemic has led to loss of livelihood, crippled the access to food and other social services, especially for the vulnerable populations. The Banyan Academy and The Banyan
have launched a toll-free number that aims to address gaps in access to care through a ‘mental health helpline’ system.

This will address various issues related to mental ill-health, and concerns linked to psychosocial distress. Callers will be provided with a confidential and safe environment to discuss
grievances and related issues as well as be provided information regarding social entitlements related to mental health and disability.

Talk to us on: 1800-1020-243

If you know an organisation that can facilitate last-mile social entitlements please
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