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Better Mental Health, Better Lives

BasicNeeds is an international Non-Governmental Organisation (iNGO) working to improve the lives of people with mental illness and epilepsy.

By working in partnership with local organisations and people, BasicNeeds has built an innovative and effective model for recovery and sustained good mental health that uses meaningful work and community support, as well as treatment, to help those living with mental illness in resource-poor settings.

Predominantly focused on low and middle income countries, we work right across the system: with individuals and communities, local and national governments, and international organisations. Since our foundation in 2000, our programmes have improved the lives of over 686,000 people living with mental illness and/or epilepsy, their carers and families, and we have led the way in developing comprehensive field based research and national and global advocacy.


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International German Forum on global health and innovation

Dr Choulamany

Dr Chantharavady during a working group session on mental health “What matters to people—global health and innovation” was the theme of the Third International German Forum that was held at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin in February 2017. Dr Chantharavady Choulamany, BasicNeeds Lao PDR Programme Manager and winner of last year’s Dr Guislain Award, was one of… Read more

Impact Overview 2016


Livelihoods training conducted by BasicNeeds Kenya Over the last sixteen years, BasicNeeds has been supporting people with mental illness or epilepsy to lead better lives by providing access to effective community-based mental health services; equipping them with skills and the ability to make choices and contribute to their families and communities; and empowering them to… Read more

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