Mrinalini has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Women & Christian College Chennai and Master’s in Mental Health Services Research from King & College London. She has been with The Banyan and BALM since 2011. Her primary interests lie in urban homelessness and civil society responses towards the needs of homeless persons with or without mental health issues. She leads The Banyan’s Social Cooperatives and the Coalition for Homeless Persons with Mental Health Issues.
Through these initiatives, she and her team are engaged in a range of diverse initiatives with an aim to reduce stigma associated with persons with mental issues and spaces that cater to them, to ultimately increase social mobility and social capital of her target constituency, Mrinalini also work closely with students, interns and volunteers, and mentor them through their coursework.